Tuesday, 18 December 2018

From Joey's Instagram

#TEASERTUESDAY Hetti isn't going to get much sleep but that's the job! 👮‍♀️👮‍♀️👮‍♀️ Buy here: www.books2read.com/WAM . . . . #authorslife #authorsofinstagram #indieauthor #amwriting #writerslife #writersofinstagram #books #igreaders #igauthors #igwriters #indiesofinstagram #readers #readersofinstagram #writinglife #joeypaul #writingcommunity #yalit #WalkAMile #bookboost

Monday, 17 December 2018

End Of Year Goals & How To Do Them - The Creative Process


It's coming up to that time of year again when we all look back to the year behind us, and forward to the year ahead. We all talk about how this time we're gonna do this or that and then we make goals that most of the time, we have every intention of doing, but forget about by the end of January. I have always done monthly goals on a private blog, and recently started to do bi-monthly goals on my Authortube channel. I also do end of year goals and had done that for a number of years, both here on this blog and on my channel.

So why did I add bi-monthly if I already did goals every year? Because I found that people were really interested in how I was doing goal wise. It also made sense to start working on the short term as well as the long term. I have my goals for 2019, but I also have the goals for every two months and those are widely varied. While one goal on my list for 2018 was to publish two books, my bi-monthly goals are based on writing chapters, reading a certain number of books, and also hitting certain smaller targets that get me on the path to publication.

2019 is gonna be a big year for me. It's not just because every new year I feel like I'm doing something different and going bigger and bigger, but I'm releasing three books and with it, the series that has been by my side for the majority of my writing career will come to an end. It's gonna be strange in 2020 to be releasing a brand new series and not have Tara and the Dying Thoughts series on my goal list. But I'm getting off target here. What happens to the end of year goals and what have I learned in the time since I started them, and then changed to focus more on the bi-monthly ones.

While I always made sure to keep my goals broad and long-term, there were some things that when I made them in December, I didn't realise I had no chance of doing. Like choosing to do 12 events in the year. What was past me thinking? Others were fine because, as I said, they were always going to happen. It was just how I went about doing them. So my advice for anyone wanting to make long term goals is to bear in mind that things can change in an instant and from there you may find yourself not wanting to do a certain thing, or not being able to.

I mentioned this a little in the first point, but you're wanting to think beyond one month. I always do the Goodreads reading challenge and one of my goals for this coming year is to do that again. But I didn't think to include that in my yearly goals for 2018, though I did include things that I expected to take a year - some did, some didn't. If you're looking at where you are right now and wanting to think further ahead, decide what seems reasonable. I always include things like getting to a certain level of reviews on Goodreads, and while I don't have a lot of control over that, I did make the goal in like November time.


Going on from that last point, don't set goals for certain number of followers on a social media site. I've done this over and over and have ended up being unable to meet the goal. Why? Because I don't have any control over who subs on youtube or follows on Twitter and the like. It's nice to have an idea of it, but in practice, it won't help you and it's just something to stress over and not be able to do anything about. On top of that, the numbers will change, they'll spike up and down and really, does it matter that much about followers when you're wanting engagement. That's not a criticism, I've done the same, but in the past year I've realised that I actually am okay with being a small fish, who gets people talking to them.

Now one of my main goals for the majority of the past few years has been to finish two books and start two new ones. This is a good goal for me because it takes me about 5/6 months to finish two books. This is something I know I can manage. But setting that for someone who takes longer to draft would be pointless because all it's going to do is set yourself up for failure. Remember what you're capable of and remind yourself of this if need be. There's nothing wrong with being realistic.

And finally, #5 - CHECK IN FROM TIME TO TIME
I did, for the first time actually, a six month check in. I realised when I did that that so many of my goals were easily met or were never going to be. That's why this year, I've made them more broad and within my own scope of ability. Don't push yourself to check every few weeks, but also don't leave them unchecked until December rolls around and you realise you could've reached this one or the other if you'd actually remembered it!

So there you have it, my five tips for making end of year goals. While I will continue to do my monthly and bi-monthly ones, I do like the idea of yearly goals as well. I think it's nice to have something to strive for in the long term and with that it means I'm able to look ahead to the year coming up! Good luck with your goals!

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Sunday, 16 December 2018

From Joey's Instagram

☃️Christmas Giveaway☃️ I have teamed up with #TheBookRobinHoods And some other authors who I'll tag below. 🎄 To enter all you have to do is follow me @authorjoeypaul and add my book #WalkAMile to goodreads. 🎄 Contest runs until December 31st! 🎄 Other authors to follow! @mcfrank_author @readcommendations @anniewoodsauthor @taralamesauthor @mstorialvarez @valtobin2 @mpsmithauthor @lilyluchesi @jaidisshaw @brandi_nicole_s @bellaemywrites @dlpitchford @kathylynncrossbooks @alyssadrakenovels @lichelleslater_author . . . . #authorslife #authorsofinstagram #indieauthor #amwriting #writerslife #writersofinstagram #readers #amreading #readersofinstagram #bookworm #bookboost #WAM #yalit #reading

Saturday, 15 December 2018

From Joey's Instagram

Nothing better on a rainy Saturday than cuddles with #MissPenne while I write my chapter! ✒✒✒😺😺😺 . . . . #authorslife #authorsofinstagram #indieauthor #amwriting #writerslife #writersofinstagram #writinglife #writingcommunity #indiesofinstagram #readers #readersofinstagram #bookworm #catsofinstagram #kitty #snuggles #pastacats #purplehair

Christmas Giveaway! - From #TheBookRobinHoods

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Friday, 14 December 2018

From Joey's Instagram

What a good year it's been. Here's my #topnine2018! They all symbolise great moments in 2018 for me! Wheelchair, books, signings and hair did! 🎄🎄🎄💜💜💜 . . . . #authorslife #authorsofinstagram #indieauthor #amwriting #writerslife #writersofinstagram #joeypaul #writinglife #readers #readersofinstagram #indiesofinstagram #writingcommunity #wheelchairuser #oxygenuser #chronicpain

Interview With Ian Pattinson

I am delighted to welcome Ian Pattinson to the blog for an interview. Here's a little about Ian:

I've been writing almost all my life, but it kicked into a higher gear when the Kindle came along. Writing under a number of pen names, I try to tease away at the edges of genres, looking for the stories that haven't been told yet.

And onto the interview! 

How long have you been writing?
I’ve been writing stories ever since I learnt to write, and self published my first book in 2001 through a print on demand service. But I started doing it seriously when the Kindle came along and I was able to publish for it.

Do you write in the genre you love to read?
My favourite reading at the moment is non-fiction, but I find it inspires and informs my fiction. I’m a fan of science fiction and pulpy adventure and horror, and write in those genres. I also write crime, but I tend to consume that genre as films and TV shows, rather than prose.

I also have two pseudonyms who write the sort of erotica I'd love to read, but which isn't easy to find.

Do you have any favourite authors to read?
I was a big fan of Terry Pratchet, but, since his passing, I haven’t had any one author whose work I have been involved with in the same way.

Are you an organised writer or not?
I was organised for the first half of this year. Then I finished two novels within a couple of weeks of each other, without a plan for the next projects. I also started doing two webcomics around this time, and my prose production hasn’t been the same since then.

What's your idea of a perfect writing day?
Any day when I can get writing done early on is good. It sets me up for a productive day all round.

Do you like editing or is it something you loathe?
I’ve learnt to enjoy editing more in the last couple of years. I let a project sit for a while before doing two edits- one on screen, and then another on a printed copy.

What's your favourite social media? And why?
I’ve recently started posting to Instagram, and I’m enjoying that more than the other social media I use at the moment. I don’t know how to use it for promotion so much, though.

Twitter is something of an essential, but it’s becoming ever more infuriating because of the bots and problems with hate speech etc.

Do you have a favourite writing food? Drink?
Tea. Always tea. (Oh, okay, occasionally coffee.) I try not to snack whilst writing.

How often do you write? Do you have a schedule?
My schedule for the first half of the year was, when I could, to write before breakfast, which would get me off to a good start for the day. When I’m on a roll, I can write every day, but I don’t always manage that.

You can follow Ian on Twitter.

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Thursday, 13 December 2018

From Joey's Instagram

And it's that time of the month where I talk about what's been going on in my life and all I've managed in November! Check it out here: http://www.youtube.com/JoeyPaulOnline or the link in my bio! ✒✒✒ . . . . #authorslife #authorsofinstagram #indieauthor #amwriting #writerslife #writersofinstagram #authortube #lovemyjob #ilovewriting #igwriters #igauthors #writingtips #authortuber #writinglife #joeypaul #smallyoutuber #readers #readersofinstagram #bookworm #writingcommunity #indiesofinstagram

Life Of Joey - December 2018 [CC]

All about my life in the past month and what I've been up to! #Authortube

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Tuesday, 11 December 2018

From Joey's Instagram

#TEASERTUESDAY Tara has never been one for school work, except things are changing. 👩‍🏫👩‍🏫👩‍🏫 Buy here: www.books2read.com/DTFS . . . . #authorslife #authorsofinstagram #indieauthor #amwriting #writerslife #writersofinstagram #books #igreaders #igauthors #igwriters #DyingThoughts5 #dyingthoughts #readingcommunity #writinglife #joeypaul #writingcommunity #indiesofinstagram #bookworm #bookboost