There is an adage amongst writers that you should write something every day. It doesn’t matter whether it’s rubbish or brilliant, because there is always the revision time later on. But you should write a little – even just a paragraph or two – to keep the momentum going. If you don’t then you will stall, and before you know it several days will have passed with no writing, and then those days will expand into weeks.
I’m now on my second day with no writing done on Maid for Murder. It’s not that I haven’t wanted to write. The past couple of weeks have actually been quite productive, what with finishing my revisions on Death on Swift Wings, which my partner is now casting his very critical eye over – I’m bracing myself for scathing criticisms – and writing Maid for Murder, which will be the fourth Gertrude Harrington Mystery.
No, my problem is that I launched the Free e-book Promotion for Master of the Scrolls yesterday, and got a little carried away with checking the stats every hour. Free books are obviously the in-thing at the moment, which I can understand. I’ve gone from a couple of copies sold every day or so to 185 free downloads in less than 48 hours. Copies have been downloaded on the Japan and Germany Amazon sites now, to go with the US, UK, Canada and Australia ones. I think that makes me truly global. Still small figures, but with each sale to someone who likes the book enough to want the next, that’s continued sales further down the line, and word of mouth is always the best advertising, which again should increase my audience.
But I have realized today that I’ve written nothing since Thursday, and that’s not good.
So it’s back to the grindstone. Perhaps a few tweets a day to stimulate continued interest, but the new book takes priority.
And to those who have downloaded Master of the Scrolls, a very big Thank You, and I hope you enjoy the read.