Many of us spend excessive amounts of time reading and engaging with published works focused on the goal of learning and improving our own writing. Combine this with a daily commute, full time jobs, children, partners, animals, multiple external factors and it is truly a matter of luck any of us find the creativity inside us.
In 2012 I was lucky enough to have the time to participate in Nanowrimo. Stubbornness and determination saw me complete the requisite 50,000 words a few days before the end of November. Since then, I have written another 30,000 words and spent an untold number of hours on edits and re-writes. Frustratingly, I am yet to reach a moment where I think ‘yes, this is the final product, I want to promote my work to others‘, however, there is a light at the end of the tunnel.
The next step for me is deciding on whether I submit to publishers and face rejection or self publish and see what happens. Self promotion is not something I excel at – I would rather be anonymous but if I don’t believe in my work there is slim chance a reader will.
Every so often I ask Google what options exist for both options. One new article just happened to catch my attention. A short piece on Engadget.com explains that Evernote can now be used to create your book using the other associated DIY tools. I’ll let you read the brief article.
For now, I need to stop procrastinating on what might happen and finish, what I hope will be, the final draft.