Thursday, January 3, 2013

Writing & Marketing Tweets from January 2, 2013

While my grandson and my daughter went to the University of Kentucky basketball game last night (KY beat Eastern Michigan 90-38), I got to entertain my four-year-old granddaughter. I asked Meredith what she wanted to do, and she said, “I want to go to the toy store and buy a car.”
Okay, I was thinking a little Barbie car. I can handle that. But as soon as we walked into the toy store, she had one thing on her mind—the “big” cars.
Watching her play, reminded me so much of her mother. As a child, Lynn wanted to drive more than anything in the world. She didn’t care where, and she didn’t care what. She just wanted to drive.  
Going back another generation, I remember all I wanted to do was tell a story. I conjured up characters and scenes and spent hours in my make-believe romance world. Years later, my stories no longer slosh around in my head. They spill out onto the page. And Lynn, well, she thinks nothing of driving 160 miles round trip to take her son to a basketball game!
Are things we love doing as children indicators of our adult passions? I don’t know, I don’t think passion is enough. You have to work at something to be good at it no matter how much natural talent you have.
In a blog post, Mark Cuban, owner of the NBA's Dallas Mavericks, said:
“Time is the most valuable asset you don’t own. You may or may not realize it yet, but how you use or don’t use your time is going to be the best indication of where your future is going to take you.
"Let me make this as clear as possible:
  1. When you work hard at something you become good at it.
  2. When you become good at doing something, you will enjoy it more.
  3. When you enjoy doing something, there is a very good chance you will become passionate or more passionate about it.
  4. When you are good at something, passionate and work even harder to excel and be the best at it, good things happen.
"Don’t follow your passions, follow your effort. It will lead you to your passions and to success, however you define it.”

I hope today you are following your effort. 

how LessIf you missed my writing & marketing tweets and retweets yesterday, here they are again:

  1. Notes from Tabor Lane: Writing & Marketing Tweets from January 1
  2. Are you considering KDP Select? Read this post THE GREAT EXPERIMENT by Jesse V Coffey
  3. Should self-pub authors focus on writing more & let marketing handle itself? @BlakeBooks RT @janefriedman
  4. Structuring Your Story’s Scenes, Pt. 4: Options for Conflict in a Scene
  5. Twisting the plot for a great mystery "Coming up with good plot twists in the first place can be a challenge at times."
  6. Increase Facebook Activity with These Daily Habits
  7. 10 Ways to Measure Your Social Media Influence
  8. The Paradox by Donald Maass "...warm to your protagonist and get more out of him or her."
  9. Smashwords Supports EPUB Uploads With Smashwords Direct
  10. Too much characterization? Too little? Prioritize: @LaurelGarver RT @elizabethscraig
  11. 3 Problems of Nonparallel Interjections via Daily Writing Tips
  12. What’s Your 2013 Focus? via @RachelleGardner Embrace your identity as a leader.
  13. Why "unrealistic" writing and other goals are easier to reach This post contains good action steps
  14. Make Twitter Work for You - 10 Ways to Stand Out with Tweets that Rock RT @bookgal And always say thanks!
  15. Test Your Characters: Are They Strong Enough? @woodwardkaren RT @elizabethscraig  
  16. Insecure Writers: Friends And Other Inspiration To find success, writers need a bit of help from their friends.
  17. Tip Tuesday If you like to read your manuscript on paper, here's a good tip to save on paper

I’m always looking for great content to share. If you have a writing and/or marketing blog, or have a favorite that you visit often, please leave a link in the comment section. Thanks for stopping by.  

Happy writing & running, Kathy

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