The Newbie Writer’s Podcast
Guest: Chris Weber
AuthorRise Goals help you stay committed to everyday activities that lead to a larger, more engaged readership. While your long-term objective may be to become a bestseller, it’s the smaller, more manageable steps added up over time that will get you there. Think of it like a fitness regimen: a little bit of work every day goes a lot further than an isolated week or two of intense effort.
Get into a rhythm.
The activity Goal is all about getting into a rhythm of sending out
Tweets and Flyers. To get started, pick a Goal level that you can
commit to while you’re getting into the swing of things.
Learn about your audience.
Which Tweets get reposted the most? What keywords get the most
new followers? Watch how your audience reacts to your posts. Writing
quick Tweets and sharing Flyers lets you do what you do best: write for
your readers! So pay attention to what they like.
Push yourself to do more.
Once you’re in a rhythm of regular activity and you’ve learned a bit
more about what your readers respond to, try a higher Goal level. Like
pushing yourself to run a little further, those incremental increases
really add up over time.
To help jumpstart the action, we’ve created an example Twitter routine
for the Emerging Writer. Try varying not only the time of day that you
post, but also the kind of content. Common types are:
• Original Content: posts and links to your books, blogs, articles, etc.
• Found Media: links to things you’re reading or finding.
• Reshared Content: posts from your fans or other people you follow
What if everything we do was measured in terms of ROI. What is the ROI of watching TV? What is the ROI of drinking with friends? What would be the final ROI in life’s accounting? Write about measuring everything, every day. Write about what life would be like if we measured . . . nothing.
The Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest
Where “WWW” means “Wretched Writers Welcome”
As the foeman’s axe descended, Ragnar Thorvaldsson thought – quickly, but with uncannily prescient anachronism – that his paltry contribution to this raid would not be recorded in the great sagas, or even a minor tale, but at best he might be remembered centuries hence only as “third oarsman” in the Boys’ Own Book of Viking Adventure Stories. — Paul Dawson, Vancouver, BC, Canada
Word of the Week:
with Anu Garg
heimisch or heimish or haimish
adjective: Homely; unpretentious.
From Yiddish heymish (domestic), from Old High German heim (home). Ultimately from the Indo-European root tkei- (to settle or dwell), which also gave us home, haunt, hangar, site, situate, andhamlet. Earliest documented use: 1964.
“Most of his deal-making takes place over the heimisch cuisine of Gilda.”
Spencer Bright; Michael Levy; The Guardian (London, UK); Aug 18, 1997.