M.A. Wohl

Writer on a Quest !

Every year, when the Holiday season is upon us, I have to do it.

I have to buy clementines, which I will then eat every day until Christmas.

I read a Poirot novel AND watch the entire tv series with awesome actor David Suchet.

And so many other little traditions I made up over the years to fight the gloom, the family pressure (oh so you’re still single?)

This year, very unexpectedly, I’ve started to write a Christmas rom-com novel in November. I’m enjoying it so much I might actually keep going and give the whole rom-com novelist thing a try.

Yes Toto, we’re far from YA and MG writing projects!

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The Mistletoe Moment

Making money as an author, traditionally, self-published, or both, is a very though.

Some novel genres tend to sell better, or more consistently than others. Romance is one of them. Whatever the changes the book world is going through, romance (and erotica) sell well.

Back when I choose to take writing as a job, I knew I had to start writing in a genre that was sure-sell.

I failed to a frustrating point. My writing projects were mediocre copies of my favorite rom-com. No matter how hard I tried, I would always end up asking myself « how did Nora Ephron made it look so simple? ».

The current rom-com writing project is… different.

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Write What You Know

I don’t totally agree with that statement: write what you know.

However, I do believe we, dear fellow writers, we should write with our hearts.

I love writing YA and MG novels because every crazy dream is still possible in a young human heart. I simply love the burning fire that makes middle-graders, teenagers, young adults even gather their courage and go for what they believe in. To follow their dreams even though they’ll end up hurt, crushed, half-destroyed. Like every grown-up I know.

The main character in the rom-com writing project still has that fire, and I think that’s why it works so well. She decided to not be content with the cynical unfair, unjust world the vast majority of us agree to some extent to live in.

Of course she’ll meet a man who doesn’t share her feisty ways. OF COURSE !!!

I’m telling you, fellow writers, this unexpected writing project is pure joy and fun. Just what the doctor ordered for this curiouser and curiouser holiday time we live in.

Thanks for reading, I am most grateful. Good health, and good words fellow writers!

Being a writing slump is something, but I find a blogging slump is worst! I used to always have something to blog about and, all of a sudden, pouf, no more blog posts ideas. How to beat a blogging slump?

Of course it would happen!

I’ve been writing blog post after blog post for my new blog, which I hope like many others to turn into a… success? (With a failure rate for new blogs of 99%, well… let’s stay positive and say it’s challenging).

And looking for keywords, keywords, keywords.
And learning to deal with Google Analytics, Metadata, HTLM.
And spying endlessly on the competition.
And trying to find a fresh twist on subjects that, really… had enough fresh twists as it is.

Of course I would get into a blogging slump.

Silly me.

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Blogging Slump, Be Gone

Being in a blogging slump is, for sure, a first for me.

Even when I got stuck with a writing project, I had something to blog about. Either sharing some writing tips and stuff, or just random rambling, it was fun, easy.

More so, it never felt… redundant. Even though I’m quite aware many of my weekly writing diary posts might sound pretty much the same.

Like many other people trying to put things together in order to launch their business and start paying back the debts, I tried to do everything as fast as possible.

I cured myself of that bad habit with writing novels, but not with… pretty much everything else.

One good example of this is my real first vegetables garden, which I planted with my kiddo this summer.

First, I planted a month too late. Two, I let kiddo put seeds almost anywhere, way too close together. The results was Tomatoes Invasion!

Oh dear, there were everywhere. Aside from one cucumber and a dozen green beans, nothing else grew much.

I’m making a First Garden mistake by not sticking to my how-to-get-there business plan much.

And I should stick to the plan, because it took time and efforts to make. Plus, no one would like to failed at starting a business twice… in a row.

How to Beat a Blogging Slump?

Would calming myself the heck down work?

Like, work the planned six hours a day on the business blog. Oh, and keep my eyes on the finish-that-second-draft prize I’m determined to get before Christmas.

Slowing the learning new skills pace will certainly help me feel less stressed about that big goal either.
Although I really want to take Neil Gaiman’s MasterClass (I’m probably the last aspiring author on Earth to have not taken that class yet!).

Last but not least, I’ll revise the blog posts and try a great tip by blogger and business woman Henneke from Enchanting Marketing: finding new blog posts ideas within the content I already created.

That’s what I intend to do for now. As for the effectiveness of it all, I will keep you posted, fellow writers.

I wish you good health, and may all the good words be with you all. Take care !

For years, I’ve been researching and testing writing tips.

From the « how to write 5 000 words an hour » to the « how to wake up early to write », I feel like I tried them all.

All those tips have common grounds, such as « have fun writing », « setting realistic writing goals », « stick to your writing routine ». You know the drill, fellow writers, I just know you do!

However, when it comes to finding some tips on how to create the writing mood when you’re NOT in the mood, it gets trickier.

Here’s what I do when I have to write and I need to bring back the writing mood, even though I’m not in the mood.

This happens especially when it gets darker earlier when all the autumn colors have fallen. Ah, dear November!

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