You finally finished the first draft of your book! That’s a serious cause for celebration as far as I’m concerned. It’s unfortunate how many of us have amazing book ideas and don’t actually write it for one reason or another. But you did it! You found an editor that you like and have some level of professional trust in them – I hope. If you’re still looking for a book editor, this post will let you know what questions to ask before hiring one.
So your editor checks out. You send the book to be edited and wait for their feedback. Now what? This is a critical point for any writer that’s passionate about what they’ve written. There’s a lot of room for both you and the editor to drop the ball here. Please don’t let it be you. Here are your do’s and don’ts.
It’s every writer’s dread. “Writer’s block” – dun dun duuun! It just hits you out of nowhere and you’re staring at your computer screen, cursor blinking while thinking “now what?” The good news – getting rid of this thorn in your side doesn’t take magic. You probably won’t be able to avoid “writer’s block” forever but there are some things that you could be doing to drag it out.
I talk a lot about how to get a job by creating attention grabbing resumes and how to handle yourself during an interview. But what happens after you get the job? Do you just perform at a bare minimum level and collect a paycheck? Your answer should be no. Here are a few things you can do to keep your job and to prepare you for the next one.
Editing is what I love to do. Transforming my clients into more effective communicators is a part of my life’s purpose and it’s one of the reasons that I created The Quirk Life. It’s my belief that once you finish writing your manuscript, you should read over it before you ship it off to an editor. And when you do, here are 3 things to look for and correct.
Let’s face it – menstruation isn’t fun. Even if you don’t deal with overwhelming symptoms, having a period interrupts the flow (pun intended, haha) of your life. I’d been wanting to try a cup for awhile but was too cheap to shell out $40 for the Diva Cup. During my research I discovered that there are many menstrual cups on the market and they offer different things. Regardless of the brand you use (Lena for me), you can probably relate to a few of these things.
It seems like everybody has an idea for a book. Of course I’m all for it! So when people consult with me about their book idea I start off with a series of questions. By the end of my consultation some people realize that they need to flush their idea out a bit more. Writing is serious business in my world and I believe that if you pour your heart and soul into it then it needs to have a purpose. Which leads to the first thing you should do before writing your book.
Some decisions are easy to make – like taking an exciting new job or buying your dream home. Others are challenging and push you to limits. Thankfully some of the hard decisions that I made have paid off. I often get asked why I did something or how I pulled a task off. It’s not always easy for me to give a step by step because I tend to be very “in the moment” when I’m moving through life. One thing I know without doubt is that when something isn’t working in my favor (job, relationship, whatever) – I change it to put myself in a better position. Here’s a small peek into things I’ve done that have propelled my life.
That feeling when you’ve hit your stride. You’re slaying goals and already have future benchmarks planned out. You’re eating healthy, your skin is flourishing and so is your hair. Everything is just coasting along smoothly…
And then it’s not. Life is full of highs and lows and every now and then you have to rest. I said rest not QUIT. Finally you have that moment when you decide that enough is enough and you’re ready to get back on the bull and keep going towards your goals. Yet, nothing happens. You have no creative juice left and while you may have moments of sparks you can’t wrap your head around them enough to make sense of it all.
Here’s what you can do about it.
Everybody has an opinion about everything in someone else’s life. And that’s one of the many reasons that I choose to keep a lot of my personal business to myself. What works for one relationship won’t work for the masses and some people are too narrow minded to see beyond their own experiences. I’ve talked before about being chronically single and how to date when you fall into that category. When you’re single for an extended period of time well meaning people come from all directions with advice they think is helpful but is actually ignorant as hell. Here’s some that I’ve received over the years.
Before I got into using planners a few years back I had no clue how large the community was. Planning is more than just another hobby. For many people it’s a way of life because it gives them control over their time, which in turn decreases anxiety and scatterbrain. If you have a planner in your life trust me when I say there’s really no such thing as too many accessories for them.
They already have all kinds of planner related crap! What more could they possibly want?
Well my friend, I’m so glad that you asked.