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Letter to a Struggling Writer

pen on paper used to write a letter

I’m a struggling writer.

I struggle because some days I don’t write. Some days I write and it sounds like crap.

I’ve decided every Sunday I’m going to write myself a letter and talk about the good, the bad, and the ugly of my past week.

Maybe I’ll come back and read these letters. I probably won’t, but it feels like the right thing to do right now.

The Good Struggling Writer

I’ve been spending more time building up my author platform. I’m getting a better sense of what my platform is going to look like.

I have plenty of material in the works that I know will help anyone just starting out. I think sharing what I read and watch and listen to will help others.

The website design looks good and once I get the email list stuff installed and working I think I can focus on driving traffic.

The Bad Struggling Writer

I’ve been spending more time building up my author platform. It is so easy to get lost in the details.

I have limited time and yet I just wasted some of it away this week working on stuff. Stuff that in the grand scheme could wait and didn’t move me closer to my big goal.

The big goal is getting books published to Amazon and figuring out the color scheme of my blog isn’t helping that.

It needs to change but I love researching stuff and making lists and reading in-depth articles.

The Ugly Struggling Writer

I’m not reading enough. I think I have finished two books this month. I want to build a reading list email, but how does that happen if I don’t read.

I’m writing, but not the right stuff. I’ve been good about writing 500 words/day, but they haven’t been Kindle words.

I’m no closer today to self-publishing my book than I was a week ago, a month ago or even a year ago.

Some days I have all the motivation. Others I think maybe I should do something else.
The burning desire is to create my own business and work from home. I think books are the way to do that. Yet I’m not putting in the work to make that happen.

The less I do the more I feel that being a writer will always be a dream. It is almost as if it is easier to have the dream and not know if it would have come true. That way I don’t have to do the work and I can always wonder.

The Plan

Something has to change.

Here is the plan.

Starting Monday night I will go to bed early and wake up before 6:00 a.m. The first thing I will do every morning is write a minimum of 500 Kindle book words.

When and if I get time during my son’s afternoon nap I will focus on writing content for my blogs.

In the evening I will focus on content promotion, platform building and reading.

I will also track how many words I write every day and publish it every Sunday.

Those are my commitments today so I don’t have to write another post like this next Sunday. I’m tired of being a struggling writer. Especially one who doesn’t write.

Published in Self-Publishing Journey

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