I think part of it is that I get overwhelmed with all of the "Have To's" that make up my day. While being an indie author is incredibly rewarding, it is exhausting! There is all this advice out there about things that you should do every single day to promote your work and when you're struggling with your current project as well....It can get to be too much!
Here is a look at my "Have To" List:
- First thing in the morning, I glance over all the blogs that I'm subscribed to (You never know, there might be some new task that I just "Have To" do in order to stay afloat).
- Next comes my own blog post. This usually has to wait until about my fourth cup of coffee. I just can't seem to be witty or insightful until my fourth cup of coffee.
- Now comes pinging my blog post and commenting on the blog posts I read earlier.
- Next is scheduling some of my social media posts for the rest of the day.
- Then a brief read-through of what I wrote yesterday, adding a few colorful post-its here and there where some changes need to be made.
- Then I'm off to crank out a minimum of 2500 words (although for the past two weeks, it's been a collective 400).
- Then there's research for upcoming scenes.
- Then of course, I have to take time to brainstorm and plan marketing tasks for my current project.
Now of course this is just the writing part of my day. I still have all my normal mom stuff to do and a house and yard to take care of just like everyone else. I raise my glass to those indie authors that have full time jobs, kids, and manage to squeeze in time to write! Wow!
So, it is so easy to get overwhelmed by all of the "have to's" and to feel like you're doing nothing but spinning in circles....Then IT happens. Every writer knows what I'm referring to. That moment when an idea hits you and takes that project that you've been struggling with to a new place and everything suddenly makes sense.
In that moment, I forget all about the "have to's" and enjoy that magic of being a writer and creating a story that I'm passionate about.
So tell me, what's on your "Have To" list?