Saturday, 16 August 2014

Need some help?

I like writing (you probably guessed). As a hobby or even way to make a living it has many advantages. But if something goes wrong we are rather on our own compared with those who are members of clubs or work for big companies. (Imagine some stuff about being all at sea, out of our depth, floundering etc and the picture will make sense)

For UK writers help, particularly with contracts, is provided by the Society of Authors. (If you're in need of financial support for your work in progress, you might find this helpful. )

Which aspects of writing, or being a writer would you most like help with? (I can't guarantee I'll be able to provide that help, but maybe between us we can point some people in the right direction)

20 comments:

  1. I think my greatest need is about marketing and publicity, with regards to blogs, other internet writing platforms and my non-fiction book (out later this year - fingers crossed!). Contractual stuff would also be helpful, but perhaps less pressing than the PR at the moment.

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    1. Marketing and publicity are something I'm rubbish at, Bryan - sorry that's no help is it? Anyone got any tips for us?

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  2. I was just talking to a writing friend about how much we'd love to do another writing retreat. Just being around other writers helps with motivation, I think.

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    1. I agree, Rachel. Meeting up with writer friends always makes me more determined to get on with my own writing, even if we've not really been talking about writing.

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  3. Right now, I don't think I need help. It's too late for it. Thanks anyway.

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    1. Too late? Oh, I see - You've already reached perfection!

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  4. I agree w/Rachel- being around other writers is such a motivating thing. Yanno, makes you feel less crazy and all, heh. =)

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    1. Very true, Leandra - the motivation and craziness parts.

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  5. Great idea, Patsy, though in my case- more hours in the day- just can't be arranged. :)

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    1. That is a tricky one to solve, Carol. Sometimes other things can be cut back but we do need a life away from the keyboard too.

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  6. Being around other writers is a great idea, but not sure what to do about self discipline and less procrastination.

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    1. If you meet fairly regularly with a writing friend maybe you could report on progress made since the last meeting. Hopefully you'd ensure you had something to report, even if it did mean scribbling down things just before the meeting.

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  7. Hi Patsy .. it's good to have references to get back to - so thanks for this ..

    Cheers Hilary

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    1. Goinig it alone does have some advantages and avoiding the worry of a complicated contract is one of them, R Mac.

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  9. Marketing is one of the hardest things I think about being a published writer. Finding the time to write/edit/market can be a challenge too. It's great to have a group of writer friends to lean upon, though.

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    1. Marketing is hard, Cherie. It's a very different skill to those required to produce the book.

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Thanks so much for commenting!