What are your writing rewards? (And a keyword bonus)

Writing notebookWe all live for those days when the virtual ink is flowing so fast it seems to stain our fingertips as we pound away on the keyboard. But what about the slow days when you think you’re stuck and your novel is never going to get itself finished? What about when you’ve written through the glow of the first quarter and are still climbing that story-telling mountain? Or how about (my personal problem for much of this past summer) if you’ve promised your fans a sequel…and you just can’t figure out where to start?

Ever since I was a kid, a brand new notebook has seemed like one of the best presents imaginable. There’s so much potential on those blank pages — I could almost write a novel about the stories that call to my pen. The first word I place on the first blank page fills my heart with so much glee, I often have to open up a word processor so the words can come out of my head as fast as they go in.

Of course, I’m a total cheapskate, so I buy my writing rewards in bulk. That’s right, I haunt back-to-school sales and pick up a dozen one-subject notebooks at five for a dollar. (Of course I opt for the one-subjects — more gleeful beginnings for the buck!) Then I hoard my stationary as if I could never afford another notebook, and when times get really tough, I pull out a new notebook and get to work. (Finally, if all else fails, there’s always chocolate….)

How about you? What do you use to unstick your wheels when you seem to be mired in the mud? Or how do you reward yourself when you reach your daily word count?

Supercharge Your Kindle Sales(As a side note, when I started this post, it was totally going to be a keyword followup. But I realized I didn’t have enough to say, so here’s the cliff notes version:

  • Supercharge Your Kindle Sales includes more nitty-gritty information than I’ve seen anywhere before on the topic of keywords for ebooks. I knew most of it, though, so am glad I only borrowed rather than bought.
  • The author’s method of determining whether enough readers are searching for your keyword phrase involves typing in the beginning and seeing if Amazon autofills. No autofill = nobody cares.
  • As my husband also told me after I set him to work harvesting new keywords for my books, you can find new autofill suggestions by starting with one word on amazon, adding a space, then running through the alphabet. For example, type in “werewolf a” and they’ll suggest “werewolf academy,” “werewolf b” and you’ll get “werewolf books for teens,” and so forth.
  • Finally, from my husband only and not from the book, try using Google’s autofill feature as well. You might find a phrase that will carry over well to Amazon!)

So, there you have it, two posts accidentally merged into one. Clearly, I should have read Ned’s eye-test post more carefully!

And, as a final P.S., don’t forget to go borrow your copy of my sweet billionaire romance! It’s on a roll, but could use more eyes!

8 thoughts on “What are your writing rewards? (And a keyword bonus)

  1. Congrats on your book, which i plan to check out! Thanks for the search word tips. As for what unsticks me when my mind goes blank, movement. I swim, walk or run, and the stress of not having produced anything ebbs right out of me. Invariably I come up with some idea that makes me want to sprint home!

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  2. You’re so virtuous with your paper products. My rewards always revolve around food. Small reward=some junk that doesn’t actually qualify as food. (Ginny would judge.) Major award=dinner out.

    You guys have all bought Aimee’s newest book, right? Launch week!

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  3. Sorry to be slow getting to this today. Several major interruptions, one of which I’ll post about shortly. GREAT post, Aimee, and I’m planning to buy the Stephenson book as soon as I finish here. I need all the help I can get with the keyword issue, so Jen’s post and this book will be studied at length, along with the suggestions you’ve given here.

    As for getting stuck…I tend to have the opposite problem. As long as I know where my story is going, I can’t stop typing. You folks might not be surprised at that, if you’ve followed any of my blogs. I’m wordy. This could be considered a problem for many, but not, I think, for a writer. It’s much easier to cut extra verbiage than to come up with more at a later date.

    While I don’t get stuck for words, I do get tired. I’m OLD, have stiff joints, and a brain that needs a break every four or five hours or so. I head for the garden. I’m behind on my major work out there, but a few minutes spent dead-heading roses, watering (and talking to) my container gardens, and watching the birds at the feeder does more for me than anything else. And if I need a tangible reward for a goal reached, I buy books. Not clothes. (I live in shorts and tees almost all year). Not jewelry. (Don’t wear much except earrings when I’m going out.) Not shoes any more. (Feet have been operated on so many times, shoes are a misery, and I don’t dare wear anything fashionable). BOOKS! Good any season, any time, and they don’t make my feet hurt! 😀

    And speaking of buying books, I’ve already bought yours. And Jen’s. Those of you who haven’t, you really should. Thanks for such a good post, Aimee. It’s very nice having you here to contribute.

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    • Buying books is definitely a good treat! There’s nothing like something new in the physical mailbox to make the morning especially bright!

      And I’m with you on gardening for head-clearing. Works like a charm!

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