Happy Wednesday to you! Here in my corner of Louisiana, we’re experiencing triple-digit temperatures, the garden is played out, and there’s nothing much left to do but wait for fall – which should arrive sometime around October.
Which should mean that it’s a great time to be getting lots of writing done, yes?
Well, yes. Unless…
- you’re a procrastinator
- you’re more of a “starter” than a “finisher”
- you have tons of ideas swimming around in your head, and you don’t know which one to commit to first
Does this sound like you? Sure as HECK sounds like me!
So this week’s “what I’m reading” post is very timely, albeit a bit of a stretch in that it’s not so much an article as a podcast episode. Namely, the Self Publishing Podcast, Episode 219 titled “Writing the Damn Book with Stacy Nelson.”
In it, the guys from SPP discuss with Ms. Nelson a number of reasons we don’t “ship,” or finish books and get them published already. For me, there were a few takeaways:
- During the “Something Cool” section of the podcast, Sean mentions a series that Dave has recently completed. I found myself nodding along when he said, “It just had so much closure, and it just felt really complete, and I think the end of a series, really, if it does that, then it’s succeeded.” I’ve experienced this with series that I loved, and I’ve also experienced the opposite with other series that I wanted to love. The ending and tying up of loose ends is so important, and I want to keep that in the forefront of my mind as I create the paranormal mystery series I’ve been dreaming of.
- Starting projects is fun – there’s the initial rush of adrenaline and excitement you feel about the potential of where the project might take you, but the actual follow-through to the end is the toughest. HOWEVER, when you finally do reach the finish line, the feeling is so much better than those beginning feelings.
- Doubts are evil demons that kill your mojo. Thoughts of “Who am I to…” (insert project objective here – i.e., “be writing this,” “be an authority on this,” “actually have a book,” etc.) haunt writers. Wondering “Am I good enough?” can cut the proverbial legs right out from under us. But the realization we all have to get to is that no matter what age or level of education we reach, there is never going to be a time when we have fully “arrived.” There will always be more to learn and discover, and more we could share with the world. We have to reach the point where we believe enough in our message to share it with the world and trust that it will find its audience.
- Fear of visibility is real, and it might be the main reason some authors never publish. Once the project is complete and introduced to the world, we become exposed. Now people know more of us, and there are opinions and expectations that come along with that knowing. For some, that may be a pressure too intense to bear. I have experienced this in another area of my life – a small business I’ve toyed with for the past several years. There are so many things I could do to grow it, and I know its potential, yet fear of visibility holds me in check, and I continue year after year with little or no progress. I do NOT want this to be my truth as a writer.
I could go on and on about this episode and this podcast in general. There was so much that resonated with me that I decided to share it with you all. I’d love to know your thoughts on this as well. Leave a comment below about any of my takeaways, and, by all means, give the guys a listen, then come back here and tell us what sticks with you. Also, check out Stacy Nelson’s website – in the podcast she mentioned a FREE 5-day book writing program. Sign up for it, and you’ll be among the first to know when her new book that helps you write the damn book hits the market. I’m going to!
See you next week. Till then, stay classy, San Diego!