Weekly Blog Post Series
As part of my new website and blog structure, I’ve decided to start creating regular weekly blog series. Keep reading and find out why.
Like most self-published authors, I typically struggle with a form of writer’s block, only it’s not the kind of “block” that most people imagine. Generally speaking, people usually assume the phrase means that a writer is having trouble coming up with what to write. Little do folks know, that is not always the case. Some authors like myself rarely (if ever) have a problem figuring out what to write. Sometimes, the problem is simply getting started on the writing.
All too often, the primary roadblock to my own writing is procrastination. You don’t have to be a writer to understand what that can be like. Haven’t you ever had a task to perform that you continually kept putting off? It’s not the task you dread, but undertaking the process of getting it done. But once you do actually get started, things just begin to flow and before you know it, you’re done. That’s how it is for me when I write and that’s how it is right now as I teeter back and forth with the notion of writing my next novel. It will be the sequel to my 2016 release: “Skipping Childhood: A Novel.“
This latest “work in progress” is technically still pending since I’m not really writing the manuscript. Predator’s Revenge is already outlined and the whole book is laid out from beginning to end. I have character profiles created, scenes set up and I even have the first couple of pages and some good dialogue written. All this is a good start, but I know within myself that I’m still dragging my feet when it comes to actually jumping in and buckling down to work.
Recognize Your Process
Personally, I’ve learned not to worry when I’m at this point in my writing process. This is because I recognize that my procrastination is actually part of my process. As authors we must individually come to recognize what our own writing process is. For instance, I know now that my hesitation to get started is always there, but it’s there for a good reason. The reason is, I know that once I do actually get started, I’m thoroughly committed to working until I’m finished. When I really get started working on a manuscript, for me, there’s no more procrastination or hesitation or any other mental blocks to my writing. Instead, all I feel is a driving compulsion to get to the end.
Outside distractions come in a number of different forms when you’re a writer and author. Not all writing endeavors will necessarily lead back to the publications that you author. Believe me, it can be difficult juggling and alternating between writing commitments versus self-publishing authorship and activities. Even attempting to run a fairly regular and consistent blog can manage to interfere with the many requirements associated with marketing. If you’re a self-published author, you realize how time consuming these activities can be.
To meet my own writing and publishing related obligations, I’ve finally decided on settling for a weekly blog; one that I can provide a post to every Friday (from today forward). Up until this time, I had hoped to possibly post here at least 3 times a week, making sure to keep the content related to books and self-publishing. Not only has this not consistently been the case, but time has prevented me from posting even once every week.
Weekly Blog Post Series
My new routine will allow for future blog posts to be published every Friday and hopefully, they’ll continue to offer some worthwhile book related information. One great way for me to be sure to pass on useful information is to focus on a series of posts related to the same subject. And what better topic to consider first than the subject of:
“Conquering Self-defeating Attitudes So You Can Succeed Online”
For the next few weeks, you can follow this series of blog posts on the subject of staying focused on your writing, publishing and other internet goals.
The excerpts in this series are all taken from the publication:
Notice this list of the 10 self-defeating attitudes covered in the upcoming series. They all address the statement: “When it comes to my internet goals and objectives…”
#1 – I start but then I get distracted
#2 – I start something, then forget why It was a good ideal
#3 – When it doesn’t go right the first time I say forget it
#4 – If things move too slowly I say forget it
#5 – If someone else says something negative, I start to get skeptical
#6 – I get disappointed when I don’t get the same results as someone else
#7 – I get discouraged or suspicious when I find out there’s a cost
#8 – I get overwhelmed when I find out what all is required
#9 – I change my mind about how much effort and time I want to invest
#10 I run into technical difficulties and quit
Be sure to return for the first post in the series when it is published next Friday.