This post has been a long time coming, and considering how energised I feel as I write it, I wonder why I delayed it for so long. I apologise for disappearing on you.
But honestly, writing is hard!
When I first started writing, it started out as fun. The writing was a way for me to vent all my anger and get over my mood swings. Yes, I have mood swings every now and then depending on how high the sun is.
You see, I constantly set writing goals for myself which I break more often than not. Not only is it painful but sometimes, I lose confidence in my writing.
That’s what some people call writer’s block.
There are a hundred and one articles on the internet about what writer’s block is and overcoming it that I’m not going to write about it. Do your research! Lol.
This time though, I did not have writer’s block. Life simply got in the way. This post is about how I managed to stay for many years without having my name on a good book. Yes, I published once in the past and I’m not proud about it. I foolishly thought that once my book was delivered to me and I put up a few ads online, people will order my book and I’d become a best seller.
Now, don’t laugh at me. I was naïve and there’s no reason why you should make the same mistake.
I trusted too much in what I read online. Now don’t get me wrong saying that there’s only bad advice online. There are so many good ones but you need to search and comb for the ones to apply and the one that seems right for you depending on your circumstances.
Simply put, you need to read widely.
I allowed life to get in the way one too many times. I start writing only to stop because I get distracted.
I suffer from too many ideas syndrome. It’s a condition that allows you to have multiple ideas than you know what to do with and these can bug you for days especially when you don’t make the time to write them out.
Seriously though, prolonged illness of a family member and the uncertainty that brought slowed me down.
Life really does get in the way sometimes.
The last time I was at the hospital for an emergency surgery happened to be the day my first book was set to be released.
It knocked the wind out of my sails. How sad!
One year after, I am still trying to recover my momentum and write my heart out on paper. Happily, I have been doing a bit lately with my writing but I’m not there yet.
So this post is basically to challenge myself that I can do it if I set my mind to it and so can you!
Trust me, there will never be a good time to write. Life will get in the way. There will be children with fevers and diapers to change and burning dinners in the oven and laundry to attend to and all of these will just make you feel overwhelmed.
But do this: for every day you allow life to get in the way set a timer and write for an hour. Take a notebook with you wherever you go and jot ideas as they come to your head. Don’t be like me letting the wind blow some of your ideas away. Who knows? It might be the base for the next best seller!
Again, I apologise for going AWOL. What has happened recently to derail you from your writing goal? Reach out in the comments and get an exclusive scoop.