05 Jan Why you need allies to be a successful writer
During my Unbound crowdfunding campaign to get The Pagoda Tree published in the UK, the value of my community has hit home. A book can take a long time to write, so it’s important to have the right people around you. This can be the difference between success and failure.
Here are my top 5 allies for writers.
- My writing buddy. The person who reads my work and gives me constructive feedback, or a proverbial kick when I’ve slackened off.
- My family. They put up with me when I’m deep in the writing process and become forgetful, like putting muesli in the fridge 🙂
- My health. Writing requires ‘bum glue’, as Bryce Courtney said. That means a lot of unhealthy sitting. I do yoga, go for walks and to the gym to keep active and clear my mind.
- My special rituals. I light incense to encourage a positive mood and enjoy a cup of English-bought Twinings Earl Grey tea (choosey, I know!).
- My tools. For longhand, I have a hardback Moleskin notebook and fibre tip pen; on the computer, I love Scrivener; for revision, I play with coloured pens and index cards.