There comes a time in every endeavor when one must stop and take a hard look at how we’re doing it. Some things will work while others will not and the trick is realizing the difference and adjust accordingly.
I’m all about building infrastructure and organizing for efficiency and success. I’m coming up on my first full year as a self-published author and while I have no plans to quit any time soon, I have recently come to the realization that I have “organized” the fun right out of Writing.
What do I mean?
Instead of doing what I do best, which is write and publish stories, I allowed myself to get caught up in a Sargasso Sea of conflicting advice regarding freelancers, marketers, sad potatoes wearing brightly colored garnish, and things that do little for me and everything for those selling services or a handy-dandy global secret to amazing wealth for only $5.99…
Yeah, they saw me coming, despite my best efforts to stay true to what works for me. Thankfully, this fool and his money have not been soon parted though my bank has made a pretty tidy sum in monthly account maintenance fees due to my excessive optimism in creating separate checking and savings accounts dedicated to Writing Expenses. Don’t get me wrong, separating the money you earmark toward office supplies and whatnot is important, but when all you need are good records of those expenditures, you don’t need to go full bore at first.
I’m not saying that what I have written up to now should be thrown out. In fact, I am saying the opposite in that you should listen to your inner voice. When it says “Dude, this isn’t working”, you should pay attention and then act to make the appropriate corrections. Plus, I got really tired of managing four different bank accounts when two personal ones did the job more effectively. When the income picks up, I will probably revisit the concept.
Writing almost became un-fun for me, which is a terrible thing because it’s the one thing that I have never given up on and will hold onto until my last breath. I’m not a freelancer, marketer, entrepreneur, or a business person.
I am a Writer and I intend to do just that. And only that. Thanks for your time. 🙂