Is Writer’s Block a Myth?
No one really knows what causes writers block, which is led some writers to conclude that it doesn’t really exist. Of course, for the millions of writers who have gotten stuck for days or weeks due to writers block, this argument doesn’t hold much water. But you definitely should consider the possibility the writer’s block may not be an actual thing, but simply a symptom of another problem entirely. That starts with understanding exactly what causes writers block in the first place, and knowing what sort of steps you should be taking to fix the problem. Let’s look at writers block in more detail.
One of the things that cause writers block is self-doubt. Many writers experience this problem when they first start writing. They don’t believe that they can actually finish a story or novel or whatever they are working on. Even when they finish something, they do not believe that they will actually get anything published. Having the self-doubts is simply part of being a writer. But all too often, this doubt causes you to get stuck in a cycle that makes you think it’s not even worth it to write. The only cure for this doubt in the writers block the comes with it is to continue writing and prove to yourself that you do have what it takes.
Something else that can cause writers block is a problem in the story. In this case, writers block is not so much a myth as it is a symptom of the problem. For example, you may have written something previously that doesn’t make sense with what you are currently writing. You may not even remember what that is, but your subconscious mind does. Sometimes you have to go back and figure out where that problem is and corrected before you can move on. However, pro writers will tell you to let the scene go where ever it is that it wants to go, and then worry about fixing the mistakes such as continuity later on.
People sometimes get stuck because they are trying to force characters to do things that they do not want to do. In other words, your subconscious mind knows the kind of character that you have created. In fact, your subconscious mind knows a lot more about your character than your conscious one does. When you try to force the character to do something that is against his or her nature, or does not make sense in the story, then you get stuck and you feel like you are forcing it. This can bring your story to a grinding halt as well.
The bottom line is that although writers block is not necessarily a myth, it is not as big of a problem as people think it is. In fact, you are the one that gives it all of its power. If you refuse to acknowledge the power of writers block and continue writing no matter what, you will find it has very little effect on you.
5 Ways to Save Money on Self-Publishing
When it comes to self-publishing, you are responsible for all of the costs that are incurred with making your book ready for the mass market. But most authors that are self-publishing do not have the kind of budget that a major publishing house does. Putting out a book properly by yourself can be expensive. That means that you are going to have to find ways to save money on self-publishing, and some of these ways are going to have to be creative, out-of-the-box solutions that you might not have thought of otherwise. Here are five ways that you can save money on self-publishing.
The first way to save money is to use Amazon’s KDP program. Kindle Direct Publishing is Amazon’s publishing program, and all that is required for you to be able to list your book for sale on Amazon is that you upload the book, upload the cover, and then fill out all of the relevant information about your book such as the categories that it belongs in, the author name and various other factors. Amazon does not charge anything at all for the service.
Design the Cover Yourself
Another thing that you may be able to do to save money is design the book cover yourself. If you have Photoshop, and access to the Internet, then you can very easily learn how to create your own book cover design that will rival most of the signs that you will get you hire a designer. This is not always the case, because some people are just not able to create graphic designs in Photoshop, but many people find that they are talented in this area even when they think they are not.
Do the Editing Yourself
You also may want to do the editing of your book yourself. Most authors self-edit anyway, but the trick here is to put your work a way for several weeks and then come back to when you have completely forgotten about it and have a fresh mind. If you try to edit your work directly after you have finished it, you are going to find very few of the mistakes that you have made and you are not going to be able to look at your work objectively and be able to do any sort of real editing.
Find Cheap Ways to Promote Your Book
You can also find lots of cheap ways to promote your book. One of the best ways is to start becoming active in the Kindle boards forum with your books listed in your signature. That way, every time you make a post in the Kindle boards, you’re going to be advertising your books. There are lots of other ways that you can advertise your fiction or nonfiction for very little money.
Do a BookBub Promotion
Finally, you may want to consider doing a BookBub promotion. While this will likely cost you several hundred dollars, you are going to make at least that much back and probably a lot more. BookBub is one of the best ways to advertise your book, and it almost always results in a profit.