Monday Muse #4
Your weekly shot of inspiration
Last week I feel like I wrote like the wind.
I’m working on my rewrites and edits for The Betrayal, gathering notes for my soon to be self-published book, Hibernation, and am outlining my new website.
Did I tell you about the drama with my website?
It was hacked.
Proper, really, unrepairable hacked which has resulted in me having to take the entire thing down and it’s such bad timing as I’m on a brilliant podcast and was hoping for lots of visitors from being on there.
Anyway, back to my point, I felt like I was writing in all the free time I had and I was really pleased with my output and word count until I joined a writing forum and saw how much everyone else was writing.
Comparison syndrome hit HARD.
I suddenly thought, ‘I need to be writing 5 - 7k a day for all the books I want to get done!’
And then I had a word with myself.
Realized that no two authors write in the same way, or have the same routine, or output and it’s the same with social media.
We can all compare ourselves and rid what joy there is in our day, so this Monday Muse is all about how to combat that.
It’s full of ideas on how to collaborate with other authors and people in your network so you never feel you’ve got competition.
Collaborations are brilliant.
They’re an easy way to build your community, expand your reach and get lots of new readers. They’re great for networking, bring in opportunities and making new friends.
And I’ve compiled all the ways you can make this work.
Nineteen ways to be more specific, and each of the collaboration ideas listed are great depending on your workload right now and how much time you have to give. I’ve also written about how to find those elusive authors who have the same ideal readers as you, how to approach them and what you can expect from reaching out.
I’ve also listed the usual trending effects on both Instagram and TikTok, so it’s a jam-packed one this week!
But first! What has been happening in the world of socials this week - TikTok dropped a bit of a bomb - and how can we work these new features to our advantage?