If you’re thinking about writing a novel but aren’t sure where to start, you aren’t alone. Every writer, even Ernest Hemingway and J.K. Rowling, had times when they felt like they just couldn’t write. But the fact is, writing a novel is all about getting into the right mindset. Like any form of creation, you need to commit to writing your novel and coming up with the right strategies to inspire yourself even on the hardest of days. And even though it may sound crazy, one of the best ways to force yourself to get that novel written is by making your writing time last only one month. That way, instead of dragging out the process, you can get it all done in a short amount of time.

It’s not an easy task, but by using the right strategies, you can get your novel written in thirty days. Once that’s happened, you can take a step back and edit all the material you’ve written. Here’s how to get started!

Get prepared and inspired beforehand

Before you even start working on your novel, you need to prepare. Because the minute you start writing every day, you won’t have much time to do any additional research or character development. The six months prior to writing, re-read your favorite authors and read new books related to your novel. It’s not a bad idea either to check out related films. For example, if you’re writing a novel about musicians, check out movies like A Star Is Born and Almost Famous.

Additionally, do your character research, and think about the important milestones in your book. J.K. Rowling, whose net worth was $650 million back in 2017, planned out the entire plot to the Harry Potter series before even putting her pen down to paper. So a little prep goes a long way! It’s important, in the same way that influencers use tools like SocialGoneViral to get followers.

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When it comes to being a creative writer, there are lots of challenges you face. Whether you’re writing fiction, memoir, or poetry, the muses aren’t always enough when it comes to being productive. Starting a new project can be exciting, and that’s when the energy to create hits, but sometimes there are lulls. That’s why it’s so important to use the right productivity strategies. Once you’ve committed yourself to writing, you need to find a way to call the muses at any hour, not only when you’re burning the midnight oil.

Luckily, there are some great productivity tips you can follow to successfully write creative pieces. To learn more about these strategies, read on.

1. Get off of social media

One of the biggest downfalls when it comes to productivity, from writers to business leaders, is social media. It’s incredibly distracting, in part because platforms like Facebook have been explicitly designed to be addictive. Just think about it: Americans spend 11 hours a day consuming media, and a large portion of this is on their phones. And while it’s great to be active on social media, using tools like SocialGoneViral to make connections in the writing industry, it may not be the best idea to have your phone out while you’re writing new material. So put it away, and use site blockers if you’re working on a platform like Google Docs.

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When it comes to running a band successfully, there’s a lot that goes into it. Whether you’re focusing on getting the gigs you want, landing a record deal, or making some money from selling merchandise, there are many aspects to running a band successfully. And one of the most important aspects is social media marketing. The fact is, in today’s modern world, it isn’t just about sounding good anymore (even though that’s still a huge deal, of course). It’s about making your mark online and mastering your social media presence. And that’s why your band’s Instagram account has to be as good as it can be.

It’s not just about posting pictures from gigs or using the right hashtags. That’s a start, but if you’re serious about improving your band’s social media presence, here’s how.

1. Switch to an Instagram for Business account

One of the best things anyone serious about improving their social media presence can do is to switch from an ordinary Instagram account to one for Business. You’ll automatically get more views, as well as connect your Instagram to Facebook (which can be especially useful when you’ve got gig dates coming up). Additionally, you can add information such as your website, phone number, and email. There’s also the added plus that you can get free info about your most successful posts and follower statistics with Instagram’s free Insights feature.

Considering that over 60 percent of Instagram users log in daily, making it the second most engaged network (Facebook being first).

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Becoming an influencer is never an overnight success story. Even those who’ve gone viral have failed at keeping consistency with building their audience, which shows how much harder than most imagine it to be. However, with the right strategy and vision for who your brand is, what they stand for, and how you can showcase that message to others, your company stands a chance. Here’s how:

Start With Your Story

A significant part of becoming an influencer is having a story that others will gravitate towards. Just take a look at any popular brand and ask yourself “why do people follow/like this?” After all, people don’t just buy Nike or Adidas because they need athletic wear but rather because they believe in the lifestyle that Nike and Adidas promote in becoming a better athlete by wearing their goods. This phenomenon is proven time and time again; according to a survey published by Zimmer Communications, 64 percent of consumers say that shared values are the reason they do business with a brand. If you’re looking to have people start following your brand, you have to present a story that resonates.

A good place to start with your brand story is first asking what your brand stands for, as well as what change or impact you hope it makes on the world. While that might sound high minded, it’s an exercise that can be repeated all the way down to “I want to offer the world better cheeseburgers at a competitive price.” See? This doesn’t necessarily need to be groundbreaking but enough that you feel as though you’re making a contribution. From there, it’s all about honing in on that central message or thesis, including how this mission makes someone feel as though they want to be a part too, which is the most rewarding part.

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