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Why are some writer activities so hard to get started?
In your head you visualise doing them with ease…and then you sit down at the table. An hour later and you are still sat at the table staring at what you are supposed to have started.
The frustrating thing about the activities we find difficult to start doing is that they are always the ones that are going to be of most value to us. *Eye roll*
Here are some writer activities that fit this bill:
- Writing Everyday (even when we don’t feel like it). This is a challenging activity to start doing because things like TV box sets, books, films, Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest always seem far more appealing and its amazing how that feeling of tiredness can occur just as you decide to start writing. The only way to improve at our craft is to write everyday.
- Self Promoting. I have been trying to promote my podcast. Oh my goodness this is so bloody hard to start doing! Respect to all you authors out there promoting your books. Self promotion is yuk! It makes me cringe. I can tweet the life out of my blog posts but I struggle with anything else that I have created. I would rather stick pins in my eyes than start doing a spot of promotion. The trouble with this one is that if you don’t promote yourself and your work – who will?
- Editing a First Draft. My first draft has been waving at me from across the room for a few weeks now and I have been struggling to start editing it. It just feels like a mountain of work and my initial reaction is to go lie on the sofa with a cushion over my face. If I don’t edit, my novel won’t move on and develop.
- Interacting With Readers. Oh this is a tough one to start doing! I did this through Wattpad and it took some guts to get going. Real life readers scared me for years. Readers are your customers at the end of the day. They are the ones who will hopefully buy your books. At some point you do need to start interacting with them.
- Telling Close Friends & Family That You Are a Writer. This is a tough one to start doing. I don’t know why it is so challenging and stressful but it is. By doing this people around you start to understand you a little more.
- Choose Your Mindset. My creative mood swings can be likened to a roller coaster ride at a theme park. One day I am up, riding high and feeling positive about my work and the next day I am down, glum and wishing I didn’t have such a creative passion. Recently I have learnt that you can start to choose your mindset with writing and take control of your feelings. It is not easy to start doing as its like your mind wants to languish in that self loathing and negative state. The other day I was suffering from creative doom and gloom early on in the morning. In a grump I did some Yoga, meditation and then decided to select another mindset. I made a real effort to switch it. Well, my day completely changed. I had a really positive and upbeat creative day. It was all down to choosing my mindset. I am glad I started doing this.
If you have some other writer activities that you struggle to start please share.
Have a fabulous day folks!