#BlogHop4Writers: Money and Finances… er, rightio!

Today’s question nearly killed my computer!

Welcome the Thursday, OCT 27th  #BlogHop4Writers post!
Thursday, 27th Oct:
QUESTION: Being a writer means that you are also an entrepreneur: have you set business/financial goals for this year and how are you going to achieve them?  Question provided by author: Clayton Bye

I nearly spurted my tea all over my computer when I read this one!

But then I thought about it long and hard. And came up with this.

Business and financial goals for a writer, published or not – should include SALES less expenses = Profit. And to get a sale we must have something to sell, right, and that means writing a book. Lots of books, in fact, mean more sales, because you have more to sell. So it makes sense, the more we write the more we publish the more we have to sell. For someone like me with not many books to promote – I think I need to concentrate on writing more, don’t you?

My Goal:
I set myself a goal for the last quarter of this year. More than anything I need to write more books as this gives more choice for readers. So an hour a day writing – no matter what – is going to have to happen.  A goal is not a goal if you cannot measure it. I am giving myself three months to get into this habit.

How I am going to achieve it:
By taking action! I am going to get up earlier to do it. I figured my brain is not as addled or burnt out by anything else I’ve seen or heard during the day as I will have just have woken from a good night’s sleep it will be – pure and fresh, just like me. 😛 Plus, I have to get moving and get into my usual non-writing morning routine (breakfast etc) at around 7.30am, so I have a cut off point. My morning time is limited. I can’t get trapped writing all day and accidentally forget all my other responsibilities – I must get up, write and be finished by 7.30am.

Starting tomorrow. Weekdays will be easier to get up over weekends, so I will set a 5 day a week early start and if I can do extra at the weekends, which are usually extremely busy, then weekends will just be a bonus. And I won’t make my goal too hard. I know I can get up earlier in the mornings during the week, with effort mind you, but I can do it. I am not at all sure I can cope with it at the weekends, so there is no point, in my opinion, to add this as part of my goal – as I will automatically feel as though I have failed – even before I start. And goals should be achievable, right?

Have you set any business or financial goals? Admittedly this is more about the ‘producing of a product’  (a book in my case) than a financial goal.

What’s your take on this? I think it’s a great question. Find out what the others are saying, here!


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#BlogHop4Writers: Carrots as Characters?

Or, would broccoli have more personality?

Welcome the Thursday, Oct 13th  #BlogHop4Writers post!
Thursday, Oct 13th: QUESTION: Character physical descriptions, do you like a lot or a little? How do you make sure your readers see your character they way you want them to? Question provided by author: Amy Romine This is a Blog Hop!

Well,  anyone who knows me, knows I love to keep people guessing LOL

So, I wouldn’t give all my secrets away, just hint at them. *Wink! Wink!* And it’s the same for characterisation and physical description.  It’s good to describe them to give a reader an idea of your character and what s/he looks like, but I do like to leave a little to the imagination. It’s like going COMMANDO as opposed to wearing a little extra something, to tease you with. Leaving a little bit to the imagination is good. Right? 😉

I also like to drop in hints throughout a story, not have a solid paragraph explaining every detail of their face and clothes like I was taught to at school.

I’m happy if a reader sees a character differently to how I describe them, after all – it’s going to happen. How often do you go to the pictures to see a film after you’ve read and book and thought  that a character looks totally different on the screen to how you imagined him or her?
Does it matter? I don’t think so! 

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