the answer is A LOT.
On this road to publishing I've drowned myself in information. Which, big picture is not a bad thing. It's great that so many authors/marketers/designers have blogs where they share their journeys, things not to do, tips to definitely do, free guidebooks, etc.
But I've learned something. It overwhelms me. I have an entire spreadsheet of links categorized for different stages of my indie publishing and I seem to be stuck even with all the info. I look at other aspiring indie authors and new indie authors and they've done it! And they've done it in a lot less time it's taking me. You are probably shaking your head and thinking that I shouldn't be thinking this way. You're right I shouldn't.
Which is why I'm complaining about it here.
I might be trying to find the answer as I write this. Sometimes an honest ramble is just necessary, so bear with me.
I'VE LEARNED I'M NOT GOOD WITH HABITS
I struggle with time (don't we all) and I haven't found my niche of when/where/how writing works for me. When I was in high school and college it was easy because I would write on holidays and breaks. But post grad life doesn't really have that. It's been a real wake up call for me.
I was listening to a podcast today, Your Creative Life (which I recommend to every creative being out there) and it inspired me to rethink my strategy and how I view myself as a writer and an aspiring author.
I'VE LEARNED I'M DOING TOO MUCH
To be completely honest, I learned this awhile ago with many other things. I'm that girl that puts a pile on top of a pile and thinks she can still make it out alive and on top. So really, it's not that shocking that I've done it yet again.
So I think I'm going to take a step back and go back to the drawing board to figure out focused goals and tasks.
I'VE LEARNED THERE'S NO ONE RIGHT WAY
I admire all the writers out there making it happen any way they can.
Some write a book in six weeks and self publish it within a year while working full time.
Others write fiction and advice blogs simultaneously with two kids.
Many struggle with the first word on page one and never think they'll make to the end.
And I've realized that's okay.
Hi, its me. A struggling 23 year old, full time designer, mother to a lion-head bunny, writer of four unpublished novels and with many more waiting to be written.
It's nice to meet you.