What will you do with 2013? Let’s resolve to make 2013 our best-ever year as writers.
There have never been as many opportunities for writers as there are today. Indeed, there are so many that it all becomes too much for some writers. They flit from project to project, never sticking with anything long enough to be truly successful.
If this sounds like you, that’s perfectly fine. In writing, nothing is ever wasted. Every word you write helps you.
Yes, every word helps. While I think of it, here’s an important tip, please take it to heart:
NEVER DELETE ANYTHING.
Several times a month, writers contact me about something or other, and tell me that they’ve deleted a blog, or a website, or an ebook from the Kindle store.
That’s always a mistake. Please don’t delete stuff — at least not before you contact me.
I learned my lesson about deleting material many years ago. This was in the days of typewriters. I was still a couple of years away from buying my first computer, an Apple IIe. I can’t remember why I did it, but I cleared out and destroyed, two large filing cabinets with material. Many manuscripts, both published and unpublished, were among that material, as well as lots of research I’d done, and that I’d paid others to do.
To this day, I have no idea what possessed me to do it, other than the fact that we were moving, and it seemed like a good idea to clear out stuff I didn’t “need”.
In those days, I was much more productive and prolific than I am today. I destroyed least a dozen first draft manuscripts. Insanity. So please, don’t destroy anything you write. Take it off your computer, if you like, and store it either in the cloud, or on an external hard drive. But don’t destroy anything.
Your Writers’ Website: Make It Work in 2013
I mentioned on the blog that Weebly has just been upgraded.
Weebly’s a great website builder. I recommend Weebly and Yola to my students. I use Weebly primarily for prototyping websites for my clients, as well as for trying out things.
I know that many writers have problems creating websites, so over the next few weeks, I’ll be running some article and tutorials on the blog to help you with that. The ability to create a complete website within hours is a MAJOR skill for writers these days.
In its latest incarnation, from January 7 onwards, Weebly allows you to create up to ten websites completely gratis.
In our new series, “Your Writers’ Website: Make It Work in 2013”, we’ll be focusing on creating paying websites FAST. With that in mind, here’s an article I published a couple of years ago, Your Writer’s Website Is a Money Magnet (or Should Be).
In it, I advised you to aim for simplicity, so you can get your website online quickly. I also advised you NOT to use others’ sites as a model. There are too many writers’ sites which look exactly alike. You need to differentiate your site, and be YOU.
Over the coming weeks, we’ll have lots more to say about that.
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