January brings with it a rush of promises made to ourselves and on behalf of those in our lives. For many of us, this is the year we're going to 'get our selves together", make that difficult change to live healthier, or do that thing we've been putting off.
For me, the start of 2020 has been a time of deep reflection and introspection. Y'all, I'm not gonna front. 2019 didn't just kick my ass. It beat me like a red-headed stepchild that got caught with her hand in a cookie jar.
I've talked in previous blog posts about growing up without support in creative endeavors and what it's like trying to build your tool kit and your confidence. 2019 did a bang-up job stripping me of what confidence in my writing I had, and much much worse.
I can remember being about eight and watching my mom type away a business letter on this electric typewriter she had. This would have been in 1989 when home computers and pcs weren't a common thing to see in most southern homes. That typewriter was like this cool toy I never got to play with. I remember thinking then, how awesome would it be to write things people wanted, felt they needed to read?
Fast forward a few years, and my grandmother won a pc through a work program, it was deliciously horrible in the graphics department, and I loved endlessly monkeying with the thing for school projects. One of my favorite excuses was the need to do homework on it. My grandmother always obliged me, and one of the first short stories I ever wrote was on that antique.
In June of 2019, I rushed back to Texas after receiving word from my mom that my grandmother was admitted to ICU. It had been a year since I was back in the state, and then only for a few days. I made it and got to spend a few hours with her before turning in for the night. She had a good day while I was there. The next wasn't. I'll never forget the look on her face as she grabbed me, and begged me to call the rest of the family back and to let her go.
I said goodbye to a lot of things in June, and the rest of the year felt like trying to come up and back from that. I've realized how far off course I've let myself get. There is a huge difference in working and productively working to make sure you're still striving for your goals. In 2019 I smashed every work goal I set for myself. I did not do so well with regard to my writing.
So my goals for 2020 are not for a New Year, new me. I want to live healthier sure, but my goals are going to be geared toward finishing my projects, releasing content, and building my tool kit and confidence back up.
I wish everyone a Happy, healthy, and productive year. Do something kind for someone today, and I'll see you all soon.
I haven't been good to my readers here. In fact, I've been neglectfully remise, and for that, I'm truly sorry. But I did not forget about you all. I've been cultivating my voice, building my toolbox, and working. Tirelessly working to bring better, more informative, and hopefully even more useful information to this blog.
To that end, I have a small announcement.
To anyone in the state of Michigan, specifically the Waterford area. This Saturday, May 18th from 2 to 4 pm several writer's groups in the area will be opening up the floor for ALL writers. These groups have banded together with the local Waterford Library to put on an Open mic event @ the library. Anyone who writes is welcome to attend and may read. Signup will be available before the event.
Also, work obligations have pushed me further out of my comfortable little bubble. (I even had to host a booth at a local event... I talked to.... people!) Because of this, once a week I'll be doing a Facebook live feed on my page. These will be geared toward some of the things I've touched on here, and all the fun stuff I've been learning while away. Mostly it's just to get experience knowing that I'll be required to post videos related to the laser therapy service I've been running at work for the last six months.
This forum is a great resource for support and is always here for all of us when we need it. I hope to continue that tradition and post more regularly with recaps from the discussions I've mentioned above here as things progress.
As always... happy writing.
I've been quietly stalking the forum as of late, I say quietly because for a while I feel like I'd lost my voice. Or maybe more accurately, I felt I had nothing new to add, nothing to say, no profound experiences that I thought might aid others in their writing journeys. For a while, I even wondered if I really was still on my own.
But, like most things here I am. Moreover, I'll be attempting Nanowrimo again this year. If your new to this blog, forum, or even the term Nanowrimo, it stands for National Novel Writing Month. Yes, a full month of literary abandon in which fellow insane novelists attempt to write 50,000 words in thirty days. It's manageable, but the feat isn't for the faint of heart and may leave your friends and loved ones wondering even further about you.
Which brings me to the meat of this post. I wanted to reach out and see how many of you plotted and planned, or are pantsing your way through Nano this year. I also wanted to wave a bit, and spread some accountability cheer.
If you are participating and would like a dash of said cheer feel free to leave a message below and I'll add you on the Nano site.
Best Wishes in your Nano endeavors, and to everyone NOT participating, I hope the coming Holiday finds you happily stuffed.
Hello, my fellow weirdos!
I know, it's been a while. I wanted to take a moment to update this blog, and well, I missed all of you. I've been working on WIP's and social media for other people. Your right, excuses are like... well you know what.
Anyway, today's blog is about keeping in touch with your reader. *Ahem* Something I need to work on. Why's it important? Is it all that important? Does your reader base care if you do it?
The answer to all of those questions is a resounding yes.
If you weren't sure about that or your thinking "But Corbyn, nobody cares whether I'm keeping in touch or not..." You're wrong. Just admit it now, or if you don't want to stick with me a bit longer, and hopefully I can change your mind about that.
Sometimes as writers (especially Indy ones) we have to stop thinking of ourselves as writers, and instead, consider what we're trying to do from a business perspective. In business terms, if a company or entity isn't connecting with its consumers, they're less likely to buy that companies product. The same is true for us.
If you've followed this blog, we've discussed before how building a reader base is like building a relationship with people. Take you and me for example. If you're here reading this, it's because you have an interest in what I'm saying. You want to know how to do something specific, or you want advice on a specific topic. It's the same for your reader.
Building a relationship with a reader is promising them something (i.e., information or entertainment) in exchange for their support (reading). And now you're wondering what that has to do with touching base, am I right?
The ultimate goal for a writer in building a readership is to have a mass of people to which they can market (you guessed it) their material. By interacting with your readership, you're helping to foster and cultivate that relationship. Relationships take work, even if it's just the promise between an author and their readers.
So, as you can see taking the time to touch base with your readers isn't just important, it can be vital to a writers survival and success.
As always, I hope you enjoyed reading this blog. If there is something you'd like to see me cover in a future blog please leave me a comment below. If you like my content, please don't forget to follow me here on the forum.
Also, I can be found more frequently on my facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/korbynblakeauthor/
I've been toying with posting some Facebook live feeds on current authors I'm reading, and how they are influencing my writing. Specifically how that influence is helping me pepper in world building info without info dumping. If it's a topic you might be interested in be sure to leave a comment, or you know... leave a comment anyway. I love hearing from you all.
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