So you want to write a book.
Or maybe you want to write some poetry, or even some copy.
You know what you need to do first?
Bipolar disorder, or manic depression, is defined by rapid mood swings.
Not the kind that you get as a teenager when hormones run riot, though.
These mood swings are much, much more dramatic.
On good days, those with bipolar feel like they’re so invincible they can fly.
On bad days, their depression is so crippling that just getting out of bed is the hardest thing in the world.
There are so many marketing terms out there it can be difficult to keep up.
Marketing websites throw them around, assuming you know what they mean. If you don’t, you have to trawl the internet to find the definition you want. Even then, you’ve got to get your head around it. Sometimes that’s easier said than done.
Just a few years ago, most of these terms made no sense to me.
So that you don’t have to go through what I did, I’ve compiled a list of every marketing term you’ll ever need to know.
The list is alphabetised to make it easy to search, but some terms will make more sense when you’ve read the related terms, too.
So you’re stuck in a funk and you don’t know how to get out.
Well you’ve come to the right place.
I used to get stuck a lot.
Truth is, I still do sometimes.
But it’s my job to write content. I can’t afford to get stuck.
So here’s what I do instead.
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It helps to have a mentor.
I wish I’d had one when I first started out: someone I could ask seemingly silly questions to without being laughed at.
But I didn’t have anyone.
So here I am, giving you the opportunity that I never had: to ask your writing questions and get them answered.
Whatever your question is on writing and productivity, just drop me an email. I’ll pick one question to answer each month.
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Last week, I had an idea.
Since then, it’s been pretty much all I’ve been able to think about.
And finally, finally here it is!
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We were all taught in school that nonfiction should be written formally. Don’t use contractions, metaphors, or similes, and don’t acknowledge the reader in any way.
And you know what?
For academic writing, that’s just fine.
But you’re in the real world now.
Crafting clear, simple sentences that connect with your readers sounds simple.
But it’s really, really not.
Many academic institutions teach you the exact opposite of how to write in this way.
That means that when you’re blogging, you want to write a commercial book, or even when you’re a poet, it can be very difficult to convey your ideas clearly and sharply.
In fact, writing clearly and expressing your ideas in a simple way is one of the most difficult challenges you’ll face, particularly when you first start out.
I first announced Productivity for Writers back in January 2016.
SO MUCH has happened since then.
I decided to make Productivity for Writers my third book because I wanted a break from the world of Hollie and Fayth.
I also chose it because, out of all of my other books, it was the one that was furthest along.
Had I not announced it so long ago, I may have waited a little longer to release it. I might’ve waited until I’d released a couple more books. Or I may have put it off indefinitely.
Productivity for Writers was the hardest book I’ve written so far.
It pushed me very far out of my comfort zone.
Of course, I’m always uncomfortable when sharing my writing with you, but I’ve gotten used to that feeling, both on this blog and with the adventures of Hollie and Fayth.
The difference is that I’ve never published a nonfiction book before.
It’s a whole different market, and I have no idea what to expect.
That’s both a terrifying and exciting process.
Like I advise in Productivity for Writers—and like I learnt while working on What Happens in New York—I’m trying to channel my anxiety into excitement and getting shit done, but quite often that’s easier said than done.
However, forcing my way through the anxiety and using it to drive me instead of destroy me works. And it feels pretty good knowing that I’m one step closer to controlling my anxiety, too.Use the nervous energy your anxiety creates to drive you instead of destroy you. Click To Tweet
I wrote Productivity for Writers for my younger self.
It’s everything I wish I could’ve told myself five years ago, back when I was in a dark, desolate place.
It’s everything I wish I could tell my friends who don’t feel they have the time to write.
It’s everything I wish I could’ve told Boyfriend’s coworker who was so depressed that he didn’t save a single word that he wrote. Ever.
Whether you can’t write because you’re short on time, you don’t feel that your writing is good enough, or your mental illness interferes with your writing, Productivity for Writers can help.
However, Productivity for Writers won’t work for you if you’re not ready to listen.Good advice is only good advice if you're willing to listen. Click To Tweet
Many of us buy nonfiction books and think that they’ll offer us some form of enlightenment, but then we read them and don’t think that the lessons in them apply to us. We don’t do the activities in the books, or we read them with a fixed mindset and don’t consider their advice.
If that’s you, then Productivity for Writers can’t help you.
You have to be willing to change.
You have to want to write more.
You have to be willing to make sacrifices.
You have to want to put your writing above all else.
You have to give the book’s advice a chance. A proper chance, not a half-arse one.
Only then will you know if this is the book for you.
Productivity for Writers won’t hold your hand.
It won’t pussyfoot around what’s stopping you from writing.
It’s a tough-love guide.
If you’re a regular reader of this blog, you’ll already have a feel for my writing style.
I’m here to be honest with you about my struggles, and about the issues you may encounter, too.
And I’m not going to sugarcoat the solutions to those problems.
You won’t get anywhere fast by tiptoeing around solutions.
You’ll achieve your dreams faster by accepting that you have a problem, and actively seeking a solution.
To get to what we want in life, we have to be willing to make sacrifices.
We have to be willing to put our goals and our dreams above all else.
That’s the only way.
And if you’re not hurting anyone else in the process, then why shouldn’t you?
You can download your copy of Productivity for Writers now on Kindle, iBooks, Kobo, Nook, and more. (If you click the link it will take you to all of the platforms where it’s available 🙂 )
You can also check out some excerpts on the blog:
I don’t have a print version planned right now, but if enough people request one, I may change my mind.
If writing is the weightlifting, then reading is the protein that builds the muscle.
The best writers are the most avid readers.
Reading for pleasure allows us to subconsciously pick up on the ingredients for a successful story.
When we read actively, though, we pick up on those ingredients faster and can therefore improve our writing faster too.
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Why do the Best Readers Make the Best Writers?
November 16, 2017
How to Write Bipolar Disorder, or Manic Depression
November 9, 2017
Marketing Terms Every Writer Needs to Know
November 1, 2017
How to Get Out of Your Writing Funk
October 26, 2017
Got a Question About Writing or Productivity?
October 24, 2017
Introducing the Essential Writing Ingredients ebook!
October 22, 2017
Should You Write How You Speak?
October 19, 2017
5 Easy Ways to Improve Your Writing
October 5, 2017
Productivity for Writers is out now!
September 29, 2017
5 Tips to Help You Read More Actively
September 28, 2017
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