It’s up!!! Just a bit excited…

Just a bit excited…

It’s up! The first pots of the new look Accidental WAHM is now online.

After months trying to work out what to do with it, I decided to let my characters take over and blog about business – their journey, lessons they have learned, and anything else they come up with.

I’ve had characters arguing in my head about who will be doing what on the blog. There have been the reluctant participants, and even a teenager coming in to blog on behalf of her Mum (with her Mum correcting her spelling!).

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Writing short stories…

Writing short stories…

Over the last few months, I have been writing many different things – short stories, chapter books, picture books, novels, even the occasional report for work! It’s been challenging and a lot of fun exploring these different styles.

One thing I’ve discovered is what I can write easily and what seems forced. The shorter pieces seem to flow much better than longer ones…

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Posting on blog… or not…

Sharing stories on a blog

One of the issues modern authors face is whether or not to share their work on their blog. Many traditional publishers don’t want to publish work that has been published elsewhere, even a snippet.

This is something I have been struggling with – especially with my Accidental WAHM stories. My ultimate goal has always been to publish the stories in books, however publishing the stories on the blog may not be the best path to getting published.

I have been trying to work out how to shape the stories and share the experiences of my characters as well as build the platform of readers and share some useful information with WAHMs.

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Day 14 – Dressage

Dressage

It’s Day 14 of the Blogging Olympics, and today’s event is Dressage. Today’s challenge is to look at how to improve the reader experience and make content more shareable.

For this challenge, I’m going to look at my Accidental WAHM blog rather than this one. The main reason for this is simple – this blog is just my random musings and sharing my journey, Accidental WAHM is the blog I want to be more shareable.

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Day 10 – Blogging Bullseye

Hitting a bullseye

It’s Day 10 of the Blogging Olympics, and today’s event is archery and share our blogging goals.

My eight year old is about to go on his first ever school camp and is looking forward to trying archery for the first time.

Anyway, back to the prompt.

To be honest, on this blog, I don’t have blogging goals, as such. I want to build my readers and the likes on my Facebook page. That is building my author platform – something that authors need these days. I haven’t really put numbers to it, just want as many as possible.

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Day 7 – Tae Kwon Do

Tae Kwon Do

It’s Day 7 of the Blogging Olympics, and today’s event is the Tae Kwon Do. The prompt today is to write two posts – one for today and one to schedule later…

It’s been a little while since I did an update on the Accidental WAHM project. On Monday night, I had a great discussion with the students from RMIT who are working on research for my project.

We talked about what I was aiming to do with my stories and how they can help, as well as some research questions.

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How many readers?

Readers & getting paid…

The next question from T.L. Bodine in her impossible questions post is:

Would you rather have your book read by as many people as possible but not get paid for it, or get paid really well for it but only a handful of people read it? 

This is an interesting question and one that I’ve been thinking about quite a bit, especially with regard to the Accidental WAHM stories…

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A little bit excited…

Help from PlanBig!

If you’ve been reading for a while, you’ll know I’m a member of the PlanBig community. A couple of months ago, they posted the opportunity to have students from RMIT help planners with research for their plans. You can read the plan here.

I’ve been trying to work out what to do with the Accidental WAHM stories… so I thought I’d apply. I want to know two main things – the first is the best way to present the stories, and the second is a list of issues that would be both useful and interesting to include in the stories.

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Starting a web serial?

Not this sort of cereal…

Last year, I started a blog called Accidental WAHM. The original idea was to write a fictional story about a work at home Mum (WAHM), or a few stories about WAHMs, and invite comments from readers about what direction the story could go next.

Each story would also have some fact sheets or tips attached to them to help WAHMs with their businesses.

This didn’t start off the way I originally wanted it to, however, the blog did get a following with nearly 300 likes on the Facebook page!

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Day 15: Serve

Day 15: Serve

It’s Day 15 of the Mastering the Habits of Great Authors challenge. Today’s challenge is to serve my readers. You can read the whole challenge here.

This challenge is timely as I’m preparing a survey for my Accidental WAHM stories. I want to find out what issues WAHMs (work at home Mums) face that would be good to include in the stories I’m writing, as well as the format they would like to read the stories.

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