It’s the first Wednesday of the month and time for another posting of the Insecure Writer’s Support Group.
I’m going to start by answering this month’s question.
IWSG July question: What would make you quit writing?
When I saw this month’s question it stopped me in my tracks. In my life, now, I’m making time to write and do all the marketing stuff. It is my life. Something has to go really, really wrong for me to ever stop.
Even if the world changed so drastically that the way I publish was no longer an option, I wouldn’t stop writing. We have serious electricity issues in my country right now, meaning that for three hours at a time, two to three times in a twenty-four-hour period we don’t have power. I still get my writing done (on paper) and type it all up when the power is back on. Obstacles are there to be overcome — or to give you an easy out.
The Faeries and Folklore Podcast by Ronel is now a thing!
I was playing around with the idea of having a podcast. I even had a guest post earlier in the year by another indie author who had started one — with great success. Read the guest post here.
It took a while to decide exactly how I was going to do it. I had learned from blogging, that having your own domain and all the best stuff (like your own website) is a solid investment in my author career. So I needed to know everything. After a lot of research and webinars (started with the guest post I featured on my blog), I knew where I wanted to host it, what I wanted to talk about, how I was going to do it, and all the other finicky stuff. I enjoyed this post by Joanna Penn regarding podcasting.
I just love the podcast logo I created! I had taken a look (and listen) at other podcasts in my niche and decided to do something a little different.
Here’s the trailer:
I’m doing something called microcasting — it is a podcast that is about five minutes long (or even shorter!). I’ve learned that there is no set length for podcasts and that it is all about having solid information to share, so if you have a solid ten minutes, and your podcast is half an hour, you are stretching it and adding waffle.
Basically, I’m using stuff from my folklore posts here on the blog and presenting them in audio. You can check out my podcast website here.
Yeah, I’m doing the podcast in shades of blue (you’ll recognise some features from my official website there, too).
I had to learn a boat load of new stuff, work through illness and the aforementioned power outages, play a lot of email tag to get things set up (let’s just say that living in South Africa does have some drawbacks: setting things up in other countries isn’t easy and work-arounds need to be created). I could have said “enough!” or “it’s too hard!” and let the obstacles win, but I’m stubborn.
So that’s what I’ve been up to since middle of May. Would you ever quit writing? What are your thoughts about podcasts? Do you listen to podcasts?
I’ve already read the graphic novel! Check out my review on Goodreads.
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