How to Write Your Author Prospectus Part Six


Having reached this point with writers, one usually finds that they are capable of writing decent stories which can get attention and acceptance in publishing terms, but that these writers are still not getting paid — nor are they fully aware of what they are doing. Yes, they have a better idea of what they are trying to say; yes, they can describe their potential readership with some accuracy; but no, there’s still hardly any money coming in.

What’s the next step?

Counter-intuitively, the next step is not to do more writing.

The next step is this:

•Take a look at your writing space. Stand near it, rather than sitting ‘in’ it — look around at the chair you use, the pens or papers you use, the laptop or other device you use. Look around at the room — the window, the door, the walls. Take a walk around the space, inside and outside.

•Pick up and put down some of the things you use. Don’t do anything with them other than look at them for a moment.

•Pick up and look at some of your recent writings. Don’t read them, just look at them — feel the paper, or, if they're on-screen, scroll through the documents.

Now do the following steps. Don’t worry if they seem crazy at first — you’ll get the idea in a minute:

1. Sit in your usual writer’s chair for five minutes. Don’t do anything other than sit in it. Then get up and walk around the place for five minutes. Then sit in the chair again for five minutes; then walk around for five minutes. Do this for a while, five minutes in, five minutes out.

2. Once you’ve done the above, open up your laptop or other device or writing pad or whatever you use and hold it open for a minute, then close it for a m