Hello everyone. How are you all doing this fine day?
I hope you are doing well.
In the past few days I haven’t really been up to writing anything. I tried reviewing the outline and draft that I am crafting for my new novel, but I could not seem to get any ideas flowing. It’s one thing when you are stuck with writing your first draft, but it is another thing when you can’t even get a decent outline out.
Outline. Yes, you read that right. I am actually working on an outline for my novel.
In the past few days I have been seriously looking into potentially publishing a collection of my short stories as an ebook over in Amazon.
However, I have realized that I do not have that many short stories available!
Hmmm… This is a problem.
Here is what I have so far:
Since it is a collection of short stories, I need to have a theme for the entire book. A hodgepodge of randomly packed stories would be a terrible idea. Perhaps something along the lines of fantasy, mystery and science fiction – things that I like, and have dabbled into actually writing?
Do I publish it myself? Or find a publisher? This is probably one of the big things I have to make a decision on. If I will have to publish it myself, there are a lot of work I have to do. Formatting, cover design, the blurb – that’s just for the book itself. Then, there’s the marketing aspect – finding a way to get my book in my reader’s face so they would at least think about buying it. Should I opt to find a publisher, well, that’s another batch of questions and researching that I must do, and both involves different pros and cons.
I need more stories. Yeah, I mentioned it already. Frankly, I was disappointed in myself. And I dare call myself a writer? I barely have any completed story under my belt. Hahaha…
Do I have what it takes? This is probably that nagging question in my head that is either trying to pull me down or push me onward. It is making me question both my skill as a writer, and my general worth as a person. I mean, I don’t know… I’m a nobody who’s typing away on a computer somewhere. Why would people want t
Obviously, I have a lot of work to do. However, having a goal in mind somehow made all the work that I will be doing, and all the writing that I have to do seem to be worth the effort.
I have found that having an end goal in mind, an achievement to reach, these things help with the grind and work that one must do.
Aside from the writing that I must be doing, I have also been enlisted by my wife to be her producer for her vlog. She seemed more determined to succeed, therefore I have more work! Hahaha… So far I am the cameraman, the scriptwriter, the director, the sound director, the editor, and have also found myself to be helping with the marketing. My wife is inexperienced with using various platforms of social media to help promote her work. On the bright side, there has been an improvement. We gained two new subscribers in the span of two weeks! That seems significant for us, so.. yay!
Anway, back to being a professional writer…
What are your experiences (if any), with regards to getting your work published? Was it a good, or a terrible experience?
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I mentioned in my previous post that my wife is thinking of making a vlog. She finally started working on it, and asked me for support on writing for her a script.
While I did a few writing jobs for ads years ago, writing a script for another person can be difficult.
In writing a script, you have to consider the character that you are writing for. How would they say it? What words to use? What manner of speaking?
That is also besides the point of the differing ideas you or the character you are writing for might have.
In any case, I had a hard time thinking up of a script for my wife, and I ended up helping her by writing guidelines on what to speak.
It took a lot of takes.
Fortunately, each take helped build her experience in working with me in front of the camera. I’m apparently the camera man, the director, the writer, and even the producer… Hahaha.
In the end, I never was able to write a complete script. However, the experience also helped me learn on what points to consider, should I try to write a script, outside of a fiction setting, that is.
Script writing for these kinds of video production seem to be more focused on the content, rather than the delivery. It should leave room for adlibs for the speaker to inject their own personality into the talk, and, lastly, it should be structured in a way that would enable the speaker to naturally flow from one topic to the next.
Well, hopefully I could write a script which would be usable in our next production!
My wife has been planning on starting a vlog, and I completely support her on her endeavors.
In fact, I have been helping in a lot of behind-the-scenes development, such as banner and logo design, tips on gaining subscribers, ways in organizing content, and also some cinematography tips and tricks.
Fortunately, running a vlog is not that different from running a blog.
The steps to running a blog or vlog are as follows:
Create a blog (or vlog)
Churn out content
Build up your subscribers
Repeat steps 2 and 3
However, all these planning, and little action can be a bit frustrating. Though, I have to admit, she has little experience to content production, so I have to be a bit more understanding. After all, the hardest part of swimming in a pool can sometimes be dipping your feet in the water.
I have a trial-and-error approach to running things. Test it out, see if it works, and if it doesn’t, try something else. It helps in the learning process, at the very least.
With content production, I think this approach also helps. Make the content, then sort it out later. If you’re into writing, just write, then edit it up later. “Just Write” is tougher than it sounds. You don’t just tap out random words and hope they make sense. Just write – but it has to make sense, be somewhat directed to a point, and anything that is not useful, can be edited out.
In any case, when the inspiration to write hits – just go with it.
Although, I guess, this could be depending on the person… So, whatever works for you?