Writing Journal 64: Create and Sell with 8-Hour Wins

Writing Journal 64: Create and Sell with 8-Hour Wins

My writing journal for Wednesday, October 15, 2014. You can find all the writing journal entries here.

A very slow start this morning. I got up to write at 5AM as usual, but found myself dithering. Thunderstorms kept waking me up, so I had a restless night. Honey hates storms; she’s a quivering wreck. I eventually got going on the mystery novel, and managed 1,200 words. I’m quite pleased, considering that I wasn’t focused.

Then, on to the two nonfiction books. I created a couple of graphics for the print version, and sent them off to the contract designer. My design skills are minimal; they’ll look good when he’s finished with them. I only managed 300 words, but at least the graphics were done.

A quick rush through email. Most will have to wait until tonight and tomorrow. I’ve got some errands this morning, then I need to do some research at the library. I won’t be back until after lunch.

Poor Honey. She’s sulking this morning, because of the storms last night, but she finally ate her breakfast after some coaxing. I ate my toast while working through client email messages.

It’s time to run my errands. I could leave it until later in the morning, and do an hour of writing now, but I’m hoping that by the time I get back, I’ll feel more focused.

I’m back. Everything always takes longer than you think. I met a friend while I was out, and the time just few by.

Everyone’s talking about last night’s storm. It wasn’t too bad where we are; I couldn’t see any major damage. My friend’s street was flooded. She said there were tree branches down everywhere; no trees down though, thank goodness.

So, onward with my client’s blog launch. I need to revise the initial content marketing plan, because they’ve decided on a couple of splashy promotions in November and in early December.

I’ve had some questions about our new program, 8-Hour Wins: Create and Sell Products in Just 8 Hours.

Create and Sell with 8-Hour Wins

8-Hour Wins: Create and Sell Products in Just 8 HoursIf you’ve been reading these writing journal entries, you know that I’m a big fan of planning and scheduling.

Everything I do is scheduled, otherwise I’d never get anything done. Left to myself, I’d dither around, reading books on my Kindle app, and messing around on social media.

Scheduling is vital, no matter what kind of business you’re in. Creative people tend to fight the idea of scheduling, until they experiment with it. It’s usually a revelation. We like to think that we can’t access our creativity on demand. We can.

You can tell yourself that you’re going to write an ebook, whether fiction or nonfiction, or create a website, and just get it DONE. In eight hours.

In 8-Hour Wins, we set a schedule: you’ve got an hour to come up with an idea, five hours to create your product, an hour to edit it, and another hour to sell it. You can create anything you like with 8-Hour Wins. You can even write a novel, or a nonfiction book. All you do is extend the basic schedule. Kind of like making meatballs and noodles for 20 people rather than four. :-)

With my client’s new content marketing plan done, it’s time to do my daily review. I need to reschedule the things I missed doing today. I also need to catch up on email tonight… then that’s it for another writing day. :-)

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Writing Journal 50: Blogging? Scroll!

Writing Journal 50: Blogging? Scroll!

My writing journal for Wednesday, October 1, 2014. You can find all the writing journal entries here.

A busy day ahead; a couple of meetings this morning, and I need to go to the library to do some research after that.

I started the day by developing the mystery novel. I STILL haven’t settled on the sleuth. I’m developing the mystery first, because when you write a mystery, you’re writing two stories — the story of the crime, and the sleuth’s story, as he solves the mystery.

Next, I started on the blurb and sales page for the two business books.

Then, time for Honey’s breakfast. I eat my toast while reading email. I’m a little behind again; I need to spend some time catching up tonight.

A reader asked me what’s on my desk. What desk? You’d be hard-pressed to find it. It’s always cluttered. Here’s an image of what’s in front of me at the moment…

What's on my desk?

My red zip-up compendium’s on the bottom; it goes with me everywhere. On top of that’s there’s a Rhodia pad with a cluster diagram — I’m working out what I want on a new website. Then there’s my Whitelines Leuchtturm bullet journal, and my pocket briefcase. For writing: my favorite Waterman, a pastel multi-color Bic, and a pencil.

It’s time to leave for my meetings. I’ll have lunch out, and then call in at the library to do some research for a couple of client projects.

It’s mid-afternoon, and I’m back again. Before I forget, I jot down a couple of clusters of the meetings. Clusters are useful, because I remember things more easily if they’re displayed visually. I also add reminders to my schedule.

I need to keep moving on the company history I’m ghostwriting for a client, otherwise I’ll start to slip on my deadlines. So that’s next.

A reader asked me about blogging, because I have many blogs, and of course I blog for clients too. She said: “Don’t you get tired of it?”

No, because it’s just blogging. Just like a book is just a book. You can’t get too invested in anything you write, because ultimately, you’re writing for readers, and they may, or may not, respond.

Blogging: “the scroll is your friend”

I found this wonderful insight from Anil Dash, one of the founders of Thinkup:

“The scroll is your friend. If you write a bad post or something you don’t like, just post again. If you write something great that you’re really proud of and nobody notices, just post again.”

That’s so true. You’re just reporting; just blogging. It can break your heart if you become too invested in one particular post. (That’s true of writing books, too.) You have no idea what people will respond to. Most posts are bread and butter. Occasionally, a post you wrote quickly and think highly forgettable, turns out to popular, and you have no real idea why.

Jeff Bullas wrote a great post on 10 content marketing lessons. Read it. Even on sites like Upworthy and Buzzfeed, which live by their clicks, not every post is a winner. You never know. All you can do is keep going.

I wrote about Medium, on the freelance writing blog today, and talked about Medium paying writers for clicks. Clicks are vital on all sites of course. Everyone wants clicks, and you hope that the clicks will meet your goal for that blog, and that post.

Keep your goals in mind when you’re blogging — and remember that the scroll is your friend.

That’s it for the day. Time for my daily review, and for my word count totals. Scroll on. :-)

, and on Twitter: @angee.

You can find Angela on Pinterest, and on YouTube, too.