Last week, I wrote a job description, an advertisement, seven performance reviews, my progress notes, and a strategy plan. I did get the edits completed on my novella, and I wrote three blog posts. But I didn't have any progress on my mystery WIP.
There are weeks when work and life get in the way. I try to write (or edit) something daily. But stuff happens, and my writing schedule doesn't go as planned. Here are some thoughts that I think are important for writers as they progress on their journey.
Find Like Souls - I love that my writing friend, Barb Goffman, is a Facebook motivator,. She reminds me and others on social media that we should be writing. Get busy and stay focused. Sometimes, I need a jolt or a kick.
My author friend Alan Orloff told me about BIC-FOK (Butt in Chair - Fingers on Keyboard), and he's right. That's how writing gets done. Close the internet browser and write.
My writing pals are great sources of information and inspiration. I'm in two critique groups and three writing groups. The members are so supportive and generous with their time. I also get recharged when I'm around them. If you don't have a peer group, find one. They are invaluable.
You're Not Alone - I need to remind myself of that from time to time. You need to network, socialize, and support other authors. Find a group that supports your writing efforts. They understand the frustrations and roadblocks. They'll lift you up when you get bad news, and they'll help you celebrate your victories.
It's More Than Writing - Book marketing is work. (Writing and editing are hard too.) A lot of time and energy (and what feels like blood, sweat, and tears) goes into polishing your story or novel and then letting everyone know it exists. And I can't tell you how many hours I spent on social media platforms, book promos, blog tours, interviews, and events. (I logged 2,400 miles last year. I'm at 1,985 so far this year.) There is always a lot to do, and if you want to be a professional writer, you need to juggle and find the right balance for you.
Don't Beat Yourself Up - If you want to be published, don't give up. Persistence and patience are key traits. And don't be too hard on yourself. Set realistic goals and strive to meet them. Learn what you can from feedback and move on.