Hello Happy Wednesday!
So this morning I read an article that said one key quality that all successful writers have is tenacity.
I’ve been self-publishing since 2012….and I had some high expectations. I have to be honest. I thought that since I was finally enjoying something that I was doing and that it was something that I’ve been wanting to do since I was a teenager that surely I was gonna have instant success and be able to quit my day job……WRONG!!
For some people all it took was one book. For some all it took were two books. Well it looks like, for me, and a lot of others out there in the fiction world, it’s gonna take a lot more books. How many more books before I’m able to quit my day job and make this my full-time source of income…..I don’t know. But you know one thing I know for sure: if I quit I will never know the answer to that question.
I have completely slowed down on my production of new material but I have not given up. I have been tempted to give up because, in my mind, it shouldn’t be this difficult to make a living from if it’s something that I truly enjoy doing. But all my life I’ve had to take the longer less pleasant road in life in most everything. I still feel that I’m behind in so much for my age. But we can’t control the hands we’re dealt, we can only control how we play the hand.
Do I choose to let my lack of success keep me from going forward and pursuing a career as a fiction author? No.
There were people writing for many years before one of their books took off. Not to mention, I’ve dedicated over 10 years in my work life as an Executive Assistant…although I hate this type of work, I’m great at my job. Why am I great at it? Because I showed up and put in the effort to be great at it because I knew without money coming in on a consistent basis, life can be very difficult. So I did my best to be the best so I can keep my income.
So why did I expect to hit it out the park my very first year in writing? Why does not making a full-time income now from my writing after a few years and a few books get me down sometimes? Because I’m not happy doing what I do for a living. That’s the bottom line. I’m SO ready to get out of my current job that I’m putting so much pressure on myself to make it fast in the fiction world. I didn’t come into this writing career with a solid plan. I just started publishing books. I didn’t set myself up for success by publishing in series and publishing consistently.
Now, I am recommitting myself to the process of making fiction writing my full-time career. I know hundreds that are doing it, some started before me and some started after me, and I know I can be among them if I don’t quit. I can have the career that I desire if I put in the work, if I put in as much effort to get the work done in my fiction career that I do in my day job then I will succeed. I can revolve writing around my life but I need to revolve my life around writing.
I’ve been doing it wrong for the last 4 years (well almost 4, it will be in August 23rd :-)). If I want different results then I need to start doing things differently 🙂
Things I need to do going forward (my writing year begins Aug 1st):
- Have a plan: I am now planning to publish in duologies or series and if I do any standalones they will be a tie in into a duology or series
- Write daily M-F during my 9-5 (my mind is the freshest during the day, so during work, less talking & internet surfing & more writing, planning, plotting, anything to move my business forward.); daily word count goal is 2K
- Read fiction for an hour daily (minimum)
- Watch TV 2 hrs daily (maximum) That will be 1 hr during my lunch break & 1 hr during dinner (I enjoy watching a show while I eat :))
- Evenings: If I’m not spending time outside the house with friends or family (another reason I want to get as much done during the day so I can have my weekends & evenings free) I will definitely be editing, revising, planning, plotting, answering emails, reading craft related things, webinars etc (anything business related) as well as my personal development stuff (reading my bible, doing my declarations, anything to enrich my spirit)
- Weekends: Spend minimum 1 hr/day doing something that can move my career forward. Most likely that will include making up as much word count that I can if I was too busy to hit my goals during the week; errands/household things/hanging out with friends
- Join accountability group: a girl I know from one of my writing groups has talked about starting an accountability group and I told her that I’m definitely interested
- Don’t let life keep me from making my fiction career my reality! No matter what’s going on in life I have to show up to my job or else I don’t get paid. If I don’t write & publish then I don’t get paid. Even if it’s only 15 minutes of writing for that day, that task will keep me moving forward in my career. I will follow Seinfeld’s don’t break the chain challenge for this publishing year.
- Be grateful for humble beginnings. No, I don’t make a full-time income that I can successfully live off of at this moment from my fiction writing HOWEVER I do get paid daily from my books. Even it’s it’s only one sale for a 99 cents book…that’s still a sale. That 35 cents adds up! Soon that will be $3500 per day, every day! 🙂 Thank you, Jesus, that I am making money from my books on a consistent, daily basis and the amount I receive increases daily, Amen.
I think this is a good start to creating better habits that will be beneficial for me.
Until next time,