I’ve learned the hard way that I can’t be the writer I want to be if I keep doing the things I’ve always done. If I want to be published, I’m going to have to make some changes in the way I use my time and energy. Sigh. This could be tricky!
But I have big dreams! I have big goals! Even though I still set my timer in 10-minute increments, I shouldn’t be intimidated.
Here are the last five of the Top Ten Tricky Things I Have To Do To Achieve My Goals. The first five of this list were posted on March 12, 2020, at this link.
1. I may have to apply yourself to learning about craft and then be teachable. But I didn’t start with a lot of confidence! If I’ve never been in a critique group, taken a writing class or workshopped a story, I may not know where I need to improve. Here’s a list of cheap and not-so-cheap ways to learn to be a better writer. Here’s a list of ways to meet other writers so you can know your work is “good”. And then, of course, a link to the coolest writing group on Facebook.
2. I may have to express your needs to my spouse or significant other. This is tricky because your determination to write could affect my relationships. Some spouses and significant others will jump at the chance to help. Others may not be so enthusiastic. I need to take the time to express how much I need space to work and time to work. I should come up with practical solutions that create minimal interference in my family’s lives. I also need to make sure I am reciprocating and supporting them in their goals too. Jeff Goins has some great stuff to say about this.
3. I may need to learn a new organizing tool or system in order to reap the benefits. This is tricky because I’m lazy, I don’t get excited about learning curves. I believe that the old ways are good enough. Yet, I can’t afford to lose my stuff. If I follow 10 Minute Novelists on Pinterest, then I can use the board on apps and software to make my writing life easier. Good organization is critical for good performance. I shouldn’t let laziness or reluctant learning get in the way of me being my best.
4. I may have to lower your expectations on social media. This is tricky because everyone tells authors that they need a Facebook page, a blog, an Instagram account, and a million other things and they all take time to keep up with. Maybe I should pick 2 or 3 social media platforms that I am the most comfortable with, and get the most excited about, and only do those. I have a blog, I lead a group on Facebook and I try to maximize Twitter and Pinterest. Are you leaning toward Twitter, but you don’t know how to make it work? I can help!
5. I may have to go easy on myself in some areas. I may have to kick myself in the pants in others. This is tricky because every day is a battle. I have to overcome my inner self to face the tasks in order to achieve my goals. Every day I have to make the little choices that will add up to the big choices. I’d like to suggest that the most important step you take in becoming a writer and pursuing your dreams is knowing who you are.
If I want to be something I’ve never been, I’ll have to do some things, even tricky things, I’ve never done.
Like me, you may have some tricky things to do now too.
Do them anyway. If you fail, keep going.
Your dreams are worth it.