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Words Waiting to be Written

Has it ever occurred to you how much time we spend waiting?

In the good old days, weíd wait for the postman to arrive but with the march of time, we glance at the screen and wait for emails.

We wait for the kettle to boil, wait for the train, wait for the rain to stop, wait for the long overdue baby to be born, wait for the kids to come home and wait for the results of medical tests. Doubtless there are many examples of waiting but you get the idea.

Wouldnít it be wonderful if we could harness this time and get some of it back?

The question is -how?

Do we use that waiting time wisely?

Lately, I have spent a lot of time in doctorsí waiting rooms with my husband. There are days when he doesnít want to talk so my options are to read a book (there is always one in my bag!) gaze at the dusty old pot-plants, out-of-date magazines or retrieve the notebook (also in my bag) and jot down ideas relevant to writing.

Which brings me neatly full-circle. I am waiting (thereís that word again!) for my writing spirit to return. Did the anaesthetic I had for my recent hip replacement kill off my creative side, has the last month of worrying about my husbandís health caused writers block? It certainly feels big enough to be more aptly called a writerís blockade. Twelve-foot-tall, six-foot-wide, a mile long and made of concrete. A definite wall through which words to paper cannot pass!

Just writing this blog and sitting at the desk and reconnecting with my laptop has been a good thing. I hope Iím not imagining things, but it feels like the neurons or pathways in the creative hemisphere of my brain are beginning to fire.

Having said all that, the idea of all this waiting fascinates me. This morning I had to ring a courier. After the 7th ďYour call is important to usĒ I hung up, sick of waiting.

The time I spent on hold, I could have walked the parcel of faulty goods to the depot, based the other side of Sydney. The rising frustration prompted me to google the idea and surprisingly, there is a lot of relevant information. Included below is one of the better links.

It was while I was leaning on the kitchen bench, phone in hand and waiting to be answered I realised how much writing is done in the head. This is before one commits ideas to paper.

Again, turning to Google, I find this link and share it with you below.

Scroll down to Item four for the paragraph on writing in your head, itís worth a look.

In conclusion, how do you spend your time when waiting? What examples of waiting cause you the most frustration? Have you learnt a secret mantra, or perhaps you breathe deeply to achieve a state of calm?

Is your latest masterpiece composed in your head whilst doing that very thing Öwaiting.

I shall wait your reply!†

This Week November 20th. 2017
Category: Site News

Monday Muse

Some amazing prompts from Angela, including three very different photos. There must be something in this offering to whet the appetite of each and every one of us! †


Crilly will be providing this week's blog.

November Opportunities

The NaNoWriMos among us,† continue to scribble. Sue has the 'wow' factor as she has passed the word count halfway through the month.

Works in Progress

Check out Bruce's poem, 'Snowy Day' and also a taster from Sue's NanNo 2017.

The Poetry Project

Feel time pass in 'The Portrait Gallery' by Debbie.

Writing Goals

Bruce has added his goals to the forum.

The Bragging Stool

Sue and Angela are keeping the Ad Hoc flag flying with 'Sho Thing, Lady' and 'The Joys of Travel', pages 1 and 25 respectively. Votes appreciated at:

The Notice Board

Excellent news from Sue regarding her health issues. Onward and upward, Sue.

Formal chat: 11.00 CET, Sunday, November 26th. 2017. Jo in the chair.

Self-publish and be damned? Tags: writing Writers Abroad self-publishing Kindle Amazon

This yearís NaNoWriMo is approaching the halfway point. Congrats to everyone taking part. Even if you donít make the 50K words, the commitment is still a great achievement.

Once the month is over, the dust has settled, youíve added another 30K words, rewritten it, had it beta-read and edited it again for the nth time Ė what do you do then?

  • Chalk it up to experience and put it in the proverbial drawer?
  • Submit it to agents or to the rare publishers that accept unagented submissions?
  • Self-publish it?

The first option would be a pity after so much effort, but itís your novel. We all know how difficult the second is. So what about the third option?

Self-publishing became a lot easier after the advent of e-books and print on demand. For some time, though, it was widely regarded as an option for work that wasnít good enough to be published by traditional means. Fast forward to 2017 and some of the most successful authors are self-publishing their books. Itís not necessarily an either/or: some of those authors, such as our own Nicola (Nina to her fans), continue to be traditionally published as well.

The stigma that once applied to self-publishing has been largely dispelled. There is still a quality issue in some cases, but that also applies to traditional publishing.

I never thought I would self-publish a book, because I was afraid of everything that went with it. You are responsible for the whole thing: writing, quality control, editing, production, cover design and sales and marketing. This is not to say that you do all of these things yourself Ė in fact, I would always advocate commissioning professional editors and designers Ė but you are the driving force behind the project.

I dipped a toe in the water when I recently self-published via Amazon a collection of my short stories set in France. Having already been traditionally published, this was an experiment and I started off with something short (itís 104 printed pages) and uncomplicated.

A great deal of advice exists, but sometimes you donít find it until itís too late. I learned many things in a short time, but these are the key ones:

Research as much as you can beforehand.†Amazon provides guidance, but itís always good to talk to other authors who have done it. This can save you from irrevocable mistakes.

Allow enough time to do everything and do it in the right order.†I almost came a cropper here. For various reasons, I wanted my own ISBNs. Since I live in France, I had to apply to the French ISBN agency. They said it would take three weeks. This almost scuppered my already-announced publication date. Fortunately, after I pleaded urgency, they emailed them the following day.

Donít try to do everything yourself.†A three year-old has better design skills than I do. Amazon provides its own cover design templates, but itís difficult to make them look professional. In my view, a professional-looking cover can make a lot of difference to potential buyers, so I commissioned a designer and was delighted with the results. As I said above, a professional editor is also a good idea.

Fortunately, Amazon Kindle Direct Publishing and CreateSpace (Amazonís paperback production arm) allow you to amend and upload your manuscript and cover countless times before you hit publish. Itís still a scary feeling when you do. Then you have the nail-biting wait to see if anyone will buy it, but the marketing side is another story.

Clearly, thereís much more to self-publishing than I can go into here. But if I can do it, anyone can. Here's the result and it looks like a book!


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