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Let’s all be honest with each other – we are all secretly waiting for a writing breakthrough!
We are all grafting away with our creative projects, occasionally looking up to wonder when that unexpected and amazing literary development will happen, catapulting us up to the next level.
Breakthroughs can be big or small. They can make you smile, cry or shriek with joy and come after months, possibly years, of hard slog.
Some examples of writing breakthroughs are listed below.
- A victory in a writing competition.
- Finally completing your novel and sending it off.
- Writing something your beta-readers actually like.
- Getting a positive response to a query letter.
- Getting trapped in a lift for hours with a literary agent.
- A publishing bidding war erupting over your novel.
- Selling the film rights to your novel.
- Being hailed as a ‘literary genius’
Whilst we are waiting we can prepare ourselves for these monumentous occasions.
Personally, I think you should always prepare yourself for both small and huge literary breakthroughs. My nightmare would be to suddenly experience a literary breakthrough and not know how to work the celeb magic!
So, what can we do to prepare ourselves?
Well my lovely readers, you can thank your lucky stars that I have made a literary breakthrough preparation list!
Here are some things you can do whilst waiting for a literary breakthrough:
- Keep writing and don’t quit. You don’t know how far you are away from the breakthrough! Always think it will happen tomorrow.
- Sharpen your synopsis. These are quite a big thing in the literary world. I love this article from Carly Watters.
- Research your market and the literary agents within it. I like the info on the Writers & Artists website.
- Work on growing your social media following. Love this article from CoSchedule.
- Revamp your old blog posts.
- Create your own morning rituals to get you fired up. I have started doing Miracle Mornings and feel amazing.
- Compile your Writer’s Resume. Fab article here on this.
- Practice your publicity shot and learn which clever lighting techniques knock a few years off you. Make sure you know which angle of the camera works best for you. Sigh! There is a great article on the Huffington Post on this subject.
- Practice looking like a celebrity in selfies. Get that pout ready for those celebrity Instagram shots, once you are famous. A great article can be found here.
- Get used to wearing tweed. It screams ‘AUTHOR’
- For all those glitzy parties that you will be attending once you have had your literary breakthrough, practice working a room like you own the place. A great article can be found here.
- Practice your big literary prize acceptance speech. A cool article from the Independent can be found here on the best Oscar speeches of all time.
- Check out and road test the fancy sports car you will buy when your novel is turned into blockbuster film.
- Get a loved one to role play a serious TV chat show host and interview you on your literary fame. Practice your sob story about how hard it was to get this far…bla bla…the years of blogging graft…bla bla..how your beta readers hated the first draft….how that pesky grammar issue drove you to insanity. Think about how you can tug on the audience’s heart strings.
- You want killer eyebrows! These furry things make a face! Forget the literary review, what you don’t need is a reader commenting on your brows #twoslugs! This would destroy me. So start hacking them into shape. Click here for useful article on getting the best brows!
- Start building up the fake tan. This is something I am doing as I don’t want to be chalky white on my breakthrough publicity shots. Get a fake ‘summer glow’ on the go and just work through the orange stripy leg stage. Sigh!
- Practice signing your signature in preparation for your future book signing events.
- Think about how you are going to handle sudden fame. Love this blog post on how to deal with sudden success, its part of my bedtime reading!
So there we have it! Things you can do whilst waiting for that breakthrough!