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Blog For Authors: Writing Tips

Readers are everywhere! However, knowing your specific target audience will help you with the writing process, as well as your marketing strategy.

Patreon for Writers

June 22, 2017

What is Patreon?

Patreon is a platform for content creators to showcase and disseminate their works and, potentially, obtain a sustainable income, all the while connecting you, the author, with your fan base. Patreon is more in line with a subscription-based program, than say a crowdfunding platform like Indiegogo or Kickstarter.

Having a successful Patreon database with subscriptions will hopefully allow authors to utilize this potential new revenue stream, enabling them to devote more time to their writing and using this money for better book covers, editing and marketing.

Do you ever get a feeling of déjà vu when you're talking to somebody? In real life this can embarrass you, but as a writer it can also be very confusing to your reader. This has happened to me a few times, but I’ve caught my mistake before it went any further than the pages of my story. Keeping your character’s activities and personalities consistent is essential for a well-crafted manuscript.

“It's been one of those days. Nothing's going right at work, you’ve spilled coffee down your favorite shirt and your boss is being impossible with a last-minute request. Naturally he comes to you with this as you're walking out the door at 5 o'clock. Grudgingly you comply and, now 45 minutes late leaving the office, it’s out the building to fight the evening traffic. Today’s commute home seems worse than ever, as you battle the stop-and-go traffic, the worst only a mile from your home.

It happened. It happens to all of us who live to write and write to live. It’s still rather dreadful. The feared writer’s block, enemy of progress, killer of page count, destroyer of dreams.

Some words become used so regularly we begin to take them for granted. Creative writing is such a term; it acts as a definition for writing courses, for authors’ mutual support groups and sundry other uses. Yet, when we delve into creativity, the term is far more contentious than we have been led to believe.

I took part the other day in a writing competition wherein I had to come up with the first thirty pages of a romance novel to be viewed by editors from three well known publishing houses. The concept was fairly easy to come up with, as was the heroine. However I struggled with one very important aspect of the book, the hero. He was so elusive.

When I first started writing I was so scared that someone would steal my work that I kept it hidden from any and all prying eyes. I saw every other author as my competition and I guess that without realizing it, I believed that there were only a finite number of ideas to be had and only so many ways to express them. But I soon learned otherwise. Yes there are all kinds crooks out there, but in my experience so far, most real authors are way more interested in expressing their own voice than stealing mine. They write because they have something to say and want the world to hear it, they have no interest in trying to be someone else instead.

Some people are natural born storytellers. A knock on the door is an inspiration for them. Others cannot find stories no matter how hard they look. To keep inspiration flowing I’ve tried all these techniques at some time or the other.

Each morning I wake up at 4am, pour myself a strong cup of tea then take a seat at my desk. My wife is still asleep along with the rest of the world and for two hours I will be alone and undisturbed. This precious writing time has been set aside with the aim of adding a couple of thousand words to my next novel. But wait, I haven’t checked my social media accounts! There may be messages and unread posts waiting. Opening Facebook, I diligently post my replies and comments.