Join us as Clare London goes Outside the Margins.
Clare London meets the Thief of Time
Today my blog post has been hijacked, sorry, enhanced by my guest, an award-winning, best-selling author of “A Legend In My Own Mind” cough. I’ll let her tell her own story…
Welcome, acolytes. How often do we see those Top Tip posts on our social media, telling us the best way motivate ourselves in the tricky business of writing? Well, I’m here to help you! Let me, Ms Chievous Procrastination take you through the typical day of a famous author. No, I meant me. Well, I will be. Soon. Anyway, I know you’ll benefit greatly from my sharing!
It’s important to be fit for the job of writing, being prepared in the same way as you’d train for a marathon. I understand this, because of course, I am deeply involved in health and fitness and all sports. Depending on what’s on the TV at the time. And if I can wrest the remote away from my partner. So here are my Top 5 Prose Preparation Tasks.
(1) Make sure to log onto the internet, and keep it open all day. Turn on the sound so you hear the bip when someone comments on Facebook. Absolutely critical. And every 2 minutes – if you haven’t heard the bip – log back onto your social media because you never know if that Lottery Win notification may have arrived in the meantime. Or someone may have done something excruciating. Or not. Don’t worry about being swamped by emails trying to enlarge your penis. Even if you haven’t got one. It’s the thought that counts, right?
Clare: the thought of my penis. Right.
(2) Open up your document. Examine that first 426 words that you ground out yesterday like blood from the proverbial stone and edit it. Three times, minimum. Anguish for at least a half hour over whether to use “strongly” or “firmly”. Or neither. Tell yourself you can’t move forward until you know whether MC#1 is sitting or standing at the start of his dialogue. You could try changing it all to Comic Sans MS. Or maybe Bauhaus 93. Then up to 250% and back down to 75%. Don’t forget to check the margins are equal. Or not.
Clare: zips mouth
(3) It’s important to rest and refresh the creative mind on a regular basis. You can start with watching one of your Xmas box sets. You know, just one episode over lunchtime. Or maybe three. And if it gets to 7pm and you’re still sitting in the semi-dark in the living room, comfort yourself with the knowledge that the day was probably never going to reward you with written words anyway, and at least you’ve been mulling over the plot. Or someone else’s. Or just eating biscuits.
Clare: eyes rolling
(4) It’s important to be disciplined, and work to a schedule. Create this while your mind is fresh. Then mark the different priorities. Maybe in different colours. Or with highlighters. Or Wingdings symbols. Then mark off when they’re done. Or just move them to the next day’s column. At all times, make the list attractive and motivating. Use sparkles in the margins. Or those 3D stickers. Not easy to get off your PC screen, though.
Clare: grits teeth
(5) And if the words are playing hard-to-get, do valuable research. Like for cover art. Remember to leave your mind and opinions open for inspiration, so that you can examine all options, such as kittens, cowboys, or buff men taking showers in their vests. I can’t stress it enough – creativity is critical. Don’t worry if you don’t take any notes, or can’t find these pictures again when it comes to preparing your cover. You can just wait for them to come around again on your Facebook feed! Remember Tip #1?
Clare: cough COUGH
I’d like to thank Clare for sacrificing her blog platform today. I hope she clears that unfortunate cough sometime soon. whisper my cheque’s in the post, right?
Publisher: Self Published
Genre: Erotica, Fantasy, M/M Romance, Paranormal
One wet, freezing night, a beautiful angel and a monstrous demon seek each other’s secret company. Yoshiel and Labal would never be allowed to meet on normal terms, but they’re desperate: they’re both trapped in the human world, and have had a horrific penalty extracted from them by their masters. Only they know what they’ve done to deserve punishment, and only they can appreciate just how ironic and cruel that punishment is. Will they be left to suffer forever in this strange limbo state, or is it a test to see how they may learn from each other? Their forbidden meeting will either prove their undoing – or their release.
~ Clare London
About Clare London
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