It took me years to finally admit I wanted to be a writer and start writing!
Most of this time was spent convincing myself I was good enough to write and too much time ‘preparing’ by reading articles and blog posts on how to become a writer.
Granted, success lies in preparation but over preparation is just a form of procrastination. And I know I suffer from that a lot.
But I also know that to be my authentic self and to do work that really matters, I don’t have to do everything perfectly straight away. There is always going to be someone who knows more than me. And I’m not trying to be them.
Instead, what I need to do is focus on my own unique author journey (and my life journey) and to do what is best for me in this moment of time.
Right now I am writing my first non fiction book and self- publishing it
This is merely the first step in the author journey. My plan is to launch a full-time writing business as an entrepreneur. I want to expand into coaching, online courses, workshops and TV. The writing of the book is just a first step.
But to get to where I want to be, I need to overcome the fear of the first step. And this means turning up every day and doing the work whether it turns out perfectly or not.
It means committing to writing my 500 words a day whether I feel like it or not (and most days I don’t feel it and I don’t write).
I have been trying to keep an unbroken word chain but I have broken it many times. In fact last week I went 7 days without writing anything. Why do I do this? Because I feel overwhelmed with all thing things I think I should be doing.
I still have to set up my mailing list and create a lead magnet. I still need to sort out some tech stuff on the blog. And I haven’t even started looking at key words, metadata or marketing.
But wait, I don’t need to figure out all these things right now!
All I need to do is just write my 500 words today. Or edit a chapter today. That’s it. No need to over complicate things. Once I get these basics done then I know the rest will flow.
I don’t ever want to lose the joy of writing. Heck that’s why I left my previous job in banking to pursue my dream of writing! I don’t want my writing life to make me miserable. And I get miserable when I place all these expectations on myself.
So for now, I am going to focus on writing authentically and being myself. And I’m going to stop comparing myself to other writers who are doing more than me.
Because right now, I know I am doing exactly how much I can do at this given moment in time, with the resources I have. And I thank my lucky stars that I wake up everyday doing what I love!
What mindset issues do you struggle with as a writer? Please share below.