5 Awesome Resources to Make 2018 Your Best Writing Year Yet
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With another year at your disposal, it’s time to sit down and make a plan of everything you want to accomplish in 2018. The New Year has the potential to be your best year as a writer yet, provided you approach it with the mindset of “How can I do things better?”
With that goal of “doing things better”, here are five tools that will make 2018 the best year of your writing career:
5,000 Words Per Hour – One of the greatest obstacles we writers face is not enough time in the day. Even if we’re faithful to put our butts in our chairs every day, we only have so much time to write. We get our 1,000, 2,000, or 5,000 words per day, but is that really enough?
The book 5,000 Words Per Hour by Chris Fox is intended to help writers increase their writing speed by teaching them a new method: writing sprints without any editing. It’s a simple approach, but it can work wonders!
True story: I doubled my writing speed (1,000 WPH to 2,000+ WPH) thanks to this method, writing a 52,000-word novel in just over 2 weeks.
20Booksto50K Facebook Group – This Facebook group was founded on one simple principle: after 20 books, you should be earning around $50,000 per year. It is filled with writers, marketers, and professionals that are doing their best to learn how to do so.
Since I joined the group mid-2017, my approach to every aspect of my writing career has changed: from the way I plan my books to my launch and release strategies to newsletter content to advertising. There is a staggering wealth of information available, and almost 15,000 members who are willing to help you along your writer’s journey, wherever you’re at.
Facebook and AMS Ads – We’ve all heard the expression, “You have to spend money to make money.” This is incredibly true with the book market!
I’ve spent 2+ years trying all the free methods of marketing, and I’ve come to realize they will only work to a certain extent. Over the last few months, I’ve learned about both Facebook and AMS (Amazon) ads, and I’ve seen people obtain visible results.
Case study: Fellow dark fantasy author M.L. Spencer began running AMS ads on her first-in-series novel Darkmage. Her ranking jumped from around 40,000 to 6,000!
To learn about Facebook Ads, I highly recommend Michael Cooper’s book HELP! My Facebook Ads Suck.
To learn about AMS Ads, I highly recommend Brian Meeks’ book Mastering Amazon Ads: An Author’s Guide.
Dragon Naturally Speaking – I travel frequently, but I find that some of my best ideas come to me while driving. Thanks to transcription (voice to text) software, I can take notes and flesh out the ideas without needing to pull over and stop.
However, some authors use transcription software to write whole books!
- The average conversation is between 110 and 160 words per minute.
- The average person’s typing speed is around 40 words per minute.
Imagine if you could simply dictate your book to your computer and have it do the writing for you? That’s exactly what Dragon Naturally Speaking promises.
Fair warning: it’s pricey software ($120 to $250), but it can drastically increase your writing output AND decrease the risk of carpal tunnel syndrome.
I have used it in the past, and I can tell you that it works. Though it takes a bit of training, it can be an excellent tool to help you put out more words per hour—which ultimately means more books written and published every year!
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Andy Peloquin–a third culture kid to the core–has loved to read since before he could remember. Sherlock Holmes, the Phantom of the Opera, and Father Brown are just a few of the books that ensnared his imagination as a child.
When he discovered science fiction and fantasy through the pages of writers like Edgar Rice Burroughs, J.R.R Tolkien, and Orson Scott Card, he was immediately hooked and hasn’t looked back since.
Reading—and now writing—is his favorite escape, and it provides him an outlet for his innate creativity. He is an artist; words are his palette.
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