I’ve said it before, and I will say it again: quitting a project is extremely difficult. Whether out of pride or love, many people will work themselves to the bone to keep their projects afloat. To quit is basically the most illegal thing to do in their mental space, even when circumstances and passion for the project have changed. Even I’ve experienced the anxiety that the idea of quitting can bring, wondering who I might be letting down and how evil I am for not being able to stay committed.
Yet, sometimes quitting is what one must do. The question remains, then, how does one decide on a less emotionally impulsive level to quit? Today, I would like to provide you with five questions you should ask yourself in regards to quitting a project. I strongly believe these five will help you arrive at an answer that is both logical, calm, and extremely revealing of where your own mind is at.
Being an indie creator comes with many challenges no matter the industry. Not only are you responsible for the content produced, but you also have to handle matters like marketing, community management, and, sometimes, making the content financially profitable. Having skills in all those matters is difficult, and it’s even more difficult to do them well. However, learning those skills are focused on one thing: the fans.
Assuming you want your content to succeed and be noticed by others, fans are the beginning and the end of that. Thus, while you shouldn’t necessarily bend over backwards for fans, you should be willing to show a certain regard for them. Unfortunately, there are a lot of things you can do that will inevitably turn those fans away from your content. Double unfortunately, a lot of these things I see done on the daily regardless of what sector the indie creator works in. As such, today I would like to give some tips to indie creators on the things they’re potentially doing that are inevitably turning away their own fans. Please keep in mind this is in no way accusing anyone in particular, nor am I implying those who do these things are “bad” creators. Instead, please regard this post as one that wants to help creators succeed and better understand their fans’ perspective.
So you’ve done it. Your first draft of your new novel is done, and you’re ready to embark on the journey of editing. Maybe it’s your billionth time editing, or maybe you’ve never actually checked your first drafts ever before. Either way, an arduous journey awaits you, and you’re going to dive in. Only one problem: where do you even start and how do you actually edit your first draft in a way that can potentially improve it?
You would not be alone asking these questions, as these are issues that plague every author. Knowing what to look for or what to do when you’re looking at your first draft is difficult at best, especially if it’s not something you usually do. Thankfully, though, there are some foundations you can adapt to your editing process that will help you fix issues and improve on what you already have. Today, I would like to share with you my five guidelines where this is concerned, and hopefully these will help ease your own experience with editing your 2nd and beyond drafts.
It is no secret that marketing is hard. Particularly for indie creators and small business folk, marketing can seem like an endless sea of jargon that is impossible to delve into with limited funds. This is not to mention that marketing can be time consuming, which is often why bigger companies have a whole position dedicated to the endeavor. It can be tireless and tedious, but unfortunately something that has to be done if you want your content or business seen.
What’s worse, however, is that many beginners with marketing hit walls when it comes to improving their marketing skills. Sure, they’re on social media platforms and are posting frequently about their exciting content and business stuff. However, nothing seems to be happening except silence and loneliness. While I don’t have time to offer insight into individual cases, I can give you three quick tips that will hopefully make you think of marketing a bit differently. If you’re a beginner to marketing, I hope you will take a look, as doing these three basic things will help you improve your strategy over time.
If you even do the tiniest amount of research for web design, you’ll see one commonality: everyone emphasizes the importance of making sure your website looks good on phones. Frankly, this is for good reason. Most data backed studies show that the majority of users now browse the internet via their phones, not their dedicated desktops. Having a website that barely functions on a phone guarantees you’re going to lose vital website traffic these days. Thus, when designing a website and putting said design together, there are several things that should be considered.
Unfortunately, all too often I see some very basic considerations not taken into account. Otherwise functional and good looking mobile sites are brought down by these basics, and ultimately the entire site becomes a turn-off. As such, today I would like to take a moment to address these and give a few tips on these basics of which I speak. If you’re an experienced web designer, this probably isn’t the article for you. However, if you’re an absolute beginner to mobile design considerations, get comfortable and read on!
We’ve all been there. You blink sleepy eyed and decide it’s your bed time. You snuggle into bed, your head hits the pillow, your eyes close…and whoops your brain decides it’s time to charge forward with every creative idea you can muster. You toss and turn, trying every method you know to get to sleep, but in the end you’re stuck awake while your precious sleep hours tick away.
Unfortunately, this sort of temporary insomnia is a detriment. Without proper sleep, your mind fogs over, your body feels sluggish, and ultimately your health is damaged in ways you can’t see. It can be a hard force to combat. However, it is not impossible. As I am currently going through a period of this sleep trouble, I thought now would be an excellent time for me to share my tips with others. Some you’ll have heard, some you won’t have perhaps. Either way, I think it’s a good reminder for anyone that if you put forth the effort, you can make sure you’re getting the right amount of sleep.
Despite the vast amount of communication present in today’s social media world, it is more obvious than ever where deficits in communication skills arise. Additionally so, many people who are great communicators in real life tend to be dangerously lax when online. Regardless of the reasons why, communicating online is not the easiest skill-set for everyone. One wrong communication misstep can lead to hurt feelings at best, or at worst earn you a terrible reputation that will make people avoidant of you. Thus, it is an imperative skill to learn well for your online communication needs.
All this being said, this blog is not about making such statements and then throwing you into the lion’s den. Today, I will be walking you through some really easy steps you can take to make sure that you’re improving, or at least staying on task, for your online communication.
Everyone has a story they’re just dying to tell, right? For experienced storytellers, stories are much like breathing. Epic conflicts, dynamic characters, and fantastical worlds come naturally at any moment. They might not be perfect at first, but the ideas flow fairly easily. However, this sense of natural story-telling ability does not exist for everyone. Every once in a while you will find someone who wants to tell a story but just has no story to tell. Perhaps they made an original character they like but don’t know what to do with them. Alternatively, perhaps their skills lie in another field (like art) and they want to delve into animation, webcomics, or something else. Whatever the reason, not having a story can be a real struggle when you need one for whatever project you’re working on.
Thankfully, if you are one of those people struggling to come up with a story, not all hope is lost. There are quite a number of ways you can go about finding a story to tell, and today I am here to walk you through some of those ways! So cease your flailing, and let’s talk about four methods you can use to find a story to tell.
“Show don’t tell” is a phrase you might have heard often in primary school English classes. If your education was like mine, though, the statement was never very well-explained. Rather, most of my teachers would expect you to pick it up naturally based on whether you were told you wrote something correctly or not. Suffice to say, it is not a sentiment that was always conveyed well and was difficult learn.
For many creative writers, this renders the criticism of something being “telling over showing” hard to address, as many do not have the experience to readily notice the difference. However, today I would like to rectify this situation a bit with some more concrete showcases of what it means to “tell” and what it means to “show” when it comes to writing. Specifically, today I want to tackle an aspect where I feel people struggle the most: character backstory. If you are a writer who’d like to try and get a better grasp on showing vs. telling, you’ve come to the right place. So sit back, and let’s dive in!