Between the Books…
Well look at you! It’s been a lot of work, but you are finally finished. You are a published writer! Now that you have written and published your first book, you are probably wondering what to do next. Maybe you have a couple of book signing tours scheduled, or perhaps just a vacation to reward yourself.
Are you thinking about your next book yet? I know, I know… you just got out from under all of that pressure… those nights of staring at the wall trying to figure out just how your point should come through. The last think of your mind right now is doing it all over again.
Maybe you are thinking about writing a sequel to your first book. Are you sure you can tie it all together? It’s a lot to think about. Perhaps you are going to try a new kind of book… a how-to book, or maybe a crime thriller. There is so much to consider.
Don’t let the furnace burn out!
One thing you have to be careful of is that you don’t take too long of a break. Your mind is already programed to write. You have all the details of your first book at the top of your head, so your second book should be much easier to write than your first book was.
When I completed my first book, I was so happy! I was so happy that I gave away more books than I sold! That’s really not how that is supposed to work, but I was pretty excited. Anyway, I had a wonderful idea for my second book, which was going to be a mystery.
The funny thing that happened when I started writing that second book, was I had a wonderful idea for two more books. So, I stopped writing my second book, and wrote two other books inside of six months. Instead of stopping and taking a lengthy sabbatical, I kept on going and hit pay dirt!
You never know who will buy your book
One thing that I never counted on was where my book would sale. My first book is titled “My Navy… The Voyage of a Submarine Cook.” This book is an autobiography of my twenty-two years in the Navy. Now, I realized that it would never be a best seller, and I really haven’t push it at all. If I would have invested in advertising and promotions, who knows?
Amazon sales were pretty good, and I sold a few thousand copies. When I research where my book was selling, I was very surprised to see it was doing that well in America, but in Scotland, they couldn’t keep them on the shelves! It turns out that the old sailing towns where all the retired fishermen lived was where my book sold the best. Whodathunkit?
Staying in the game
There are a few things that you need to do so you can stay on top of your writing. You have to keep reading. Read anything you want to, from editorials and ‘Dear Abby’ to the backs of cereal boxes. Everything you read does something to you, and it keeps you mind going. If you stop reading, you will just sit there and watch TV all day, and that’s not a good thing!
You have to keep writing. Now one way to do this is to write down every idea you have, good or bad. Four of my books came from random ideas that hit me one day. If I wouldn’t have written those ideas down, I would most likely have forgotten them. You are the only person who will see your ideas, so write them all down, even if they are way out there.
Find a good book and just read a little each day. I love the old classics, and I am thinking toward writing some older naval stories. If you haven’t guessed it yet, I am in love with the sea, and that’s where my mind is most of the time. My second favorite book to read before bed, after the Holy Bible, is Moby Dick by Herman Melville.
Since you’re not writing…
Maybe you can do all of the things listed above while you are relaxing. As I was preparing to write my first book, I went on an inexpensive, seven-day cruise to the Bahamas with my wife. After so much time in the Navy, I wanted to be the guest for a change. I was so inspired, and energized! It was probably one of the best decisions I ever made. But I did gain seven pounds.
If you must watch Television, make it a movie. Whether people want to admit it or not, movies are just books that are being acted out.
Yes, it is the lazy way to do it, but everything you watch touched your eye, ears, and your emotions. You can experience a movie in ways you never could in a book. Now, I still like books better, but you can’t argue with the facts.
Go and see your family. I am not talking about the ones on the couch every night, I mean the ones you haven’t seen in a while. Don’t fly, take a drive. The trip is much more relaxing if you take your time and enjoy the scenery. If it’s a boring ride, select a different route. A drive along the coast does miraculous things for a body!
That being said…
So, there you have it. These are just a few suggestions of what you can do between books. You have to remember… everything you experience, whether it is a food you’ve just tasted, or the kiss of a small child; all of these things add to you and are a part of who you are.The more you feed your intellect, the more experience you have to offer your readers. Try to look at life in a new light, and appreciate all of your experiences, even the bad ones. Besides, the main character in your next book could be you. See you between the pages…