Beyond new fiction

I spent the majority of my day working on blog projects. I'm declaring yesterday a victory, and not getting greedy about it. I have more things to do than new words of fiction.

It does little good to craft new stories, if you're not willing to promote. The tales might be good for the soul, but I want people to read mine. That means dedicating time to other projects.

I worked up one more post for Chris Graham. His StoryReading Ape site has driven me a bunch of traffic. He wants twelve posts for 2017, and by adding one here and there, I can stay ahead of the curve. The challenge with Chris is to promote myself without coming right out and saying, “Buy my book.” I've turned to craft posts and theories for this.

This has the potential to cause me another problem. As a member of Story Empire, we are gearing those posts to craft and skills too. Do I have enough tricks to keep all the posts different and still deliver quality content? I guess we'll all find out together.

I also drafted my next Story Empire post today. I need graphics, and have time to gather them, but the post is in fair shape already. I don't have to post it until March 15th, so I can still make it pretty. The topic is branding, and it should be a good one.

In addition, I worked up the raw shtick for a future Lisa Burton Radio post, and finalized and scheduled next weeks interview.

I also set up a guest post for a friend, but that was pretty easy. I suppose I get to count this post as part of my daily output too.

None of this stuff happens in a vacuum. It takes planning ahead, and getting a few words down ahead of time. I still need to come up with some March wallpaper, and possibly a new banner. I just don't think I'm going to get that far tonight.

Back to the paycheck job tomorrow, but I feel like this was a super productive weekend. I'll surf around this week and see if I can find some images for March, and maybe modify may banner image.


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38 responses to “Beyond new fiction

  1. I do so admire your work ethic, Craig. I know you’re a bit younger than me, but you put my efforts to shame!

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  2. Busy weekend, but congrats on the victories. Guest posts always seem to be tough when you’re striving for uniqueness. I run into that probably because of everything I do here. One angle that helps is aiming for something humorous. This could be a book promo, a self promo (these get overlooked a lot), or whatever point I want to make while attempting to get laughs. I’ll admit that I never know how successful this is. Choosing a specific tone or non-knowledge target (laughter) does help with finding a topic.

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  3. Life is not just about writing of course, but it is mostly about ‘juggling’. You’re about the best best juggler I know , Craig! šŸ˜€ I love the idea of non-knowledge… šŸ˜‰

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  4. Sounds like a productive weekend for you. I work at this writing stuff at least eight hours a day. If I had a day job I don’t think I could do it. You are amazing.

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  5. I can’t say enough good things about Pixabay. Free images, and they don’t require attribution. I love that you decorate your site for the season. It’s a comfortable touch and keeps things fresh.

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  6. You’ve been highly productive! I need to put some blog posts together and hoping to knock a few out this week. They always bring a sense of satisfaction…the second biggest high after word count on a WIP!

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  7. Between the cruise we went on last weekend and my daughter’s birthday this weekend, I need a productive weekend like yours. Perhaps this upcoming one will work.

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  8. Well done! I’m sure you’re going to get it all done, after all, you always do! (Although, this month is about to run out… šŸ™‚ Heh)

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  9. Sounds like you got some serious work done.

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  10. Definitely, having posts on Chris Graham’s blog site is a boon. He has tons of followers. Well-done!

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  11. Hello Craig! I can’t wait for your post on ‘Branding’. The more I can learn on the subject the better. I’m also having a hard time trying to pinpoint the audience for my next book but that’s a whole other issue. You sure keep yourself busy. I admire that. šŸ˜‰

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