Day 14: Brand

Creating a Brand….
This involves the total Mis en scene. Link
Everything that can be seen and heard in relation to your name. Your writer’s name. your book title, images etc.
I created this Blog for the book The Avalon Journals. I also created a Board on Pinterest to share images in harmony with my writing. I took the POV of being a potential movie producer of this book of mine.

And over the years I developed a signature. The other day I was signing a prescription and the staff member commented that she loved my signature. I told her that I hoped to be signing it all over my published books. This led to a great conversation where I learned about her unwell daughter who it now appears to be an inspirational song writer.
What works for you? Would Joanne Rowling have been as  successful as JK Rowling?
Who will you be?

Day 13: Publish

Publish. Is this the verb that moves you from being a writer into being an Author?

These days we can self publish. I have a few friends who have done these. Successfully.
One even thanked me effusively in her acknowledgements.
I have ebooks ready to go to the technical stage.
I have moved closer to publication through this site, through this challenge.

Day 11: Declutter

Declutter
On Friday I announced I was about to undertake the Great Office/Studio Purge.
I was ruthless and made significant inroads.
As to decluttering one’s writing. This can be a challenge.
Using twitter where we need to write economically – 140 characters – or writing Drabbles – 100 word narratives, with a beginning a middle and an end – Can be good training. Stephen King in his quintessential book ‘On Writing’ discusses this subject. Ah I recall the evocative example ‘Plums Deify‘. Well, they do, don’t they?

Day 10: Share

Share. Now this is my territory. I love to share,credit and lift.
In the bible it is said this way ‘…cast your bread upon the waters and it shall return into you two fold ‘
In other words when you share lift give serve etc YOU will receive back. You can’t not. It is an eternal universal law.
One of the ways and places I do this through the majority of publications on
A String of Pearls,  the Ezine for Women, by Women that I created and Edit.

Often it is as Jeff suggested, better to do your good works in secret.

Day 9: Connect

Connect:
Making Friends
Finding fans
Earning patrons
– Due to the physical challenges I face I am abundantly grateful for social media. I have friends all over the world.
– Blog challenges have helped me find fans, but they quickly become friends.
– Patrons – hmm this is a challenge and partly because it is rather new to me.
To be true I am probably better at giving support then asking for it. Connecting is something I do easily.
Yet, something to think about…

Day 8: Building

Yes I have fallen behind, but I will complete this….it has a very thought-provoking and action inspiring challenge.

Build.
Not just start.
How do you eat an elephant? So,they joke goes. The answer? One teaspoon at a time.
How do you build a house? One carefully shaped perfectly sized brick at a time.
How do make a home? One loving selection, one special choice and one beautiful memory at a time.
How do you write a book. One word, one sentence one paragraph, one chapter at a time.
But they have to be down on paper or screen. In your head doesn’t count.
What am I finishing? This challenge.