FROM THE SPA GIRLS
Everyone experiences author overwhelm, but different problems cause each of us to turn into jittery balls of Jell-O. We're all unique, right? So it makes sense that our pain points are unique to each of us as well.
Wendy says ...
I have a few general neuroses that hit me all the time. The main one is "OMG no one will read it!" closely followed by "She's way more successful than me, why can't I be that good?" Marketing is enough to make me go hide in the bathroom, and I'm always having thoughts like, "How can I hope to get my books noticed when there is soooo much competition?" and "I suck at this."
Some days it's more about my mindset. I tell myself, "It's just toooo hard." (Usually with the bed covers over my head.) And I also have a pretty strong competitive streak, so the thought "Why is that book winning all those competitions and not me?" often floats across my mind. (On the heels of that thought comes "Perhaps if you entered it would help?")
I could go on, but as I want you to take me seriously, I think it best to stop here.
Cheryl says ...
The first thing is to realize that whatever you're feeling, it's okay. There is no right or wrong way to avoid author overwhelm, there's no right or wrong way to become an author, and there's no right or wrong way to deal with the results of being overwhelmed. Everyone experiences it, and it affects everyone differently. What we're giving here are some examples of the ways we've dealt with it, so that you can find ways to make it work for you.
I don't like to muck around with things. I get frustrated by inaction. Which all sounds good, until you find that you can't move forward until you take the time from writing the story to learn. To be better at your craft, and to achieve something you will be proud of.
All the hard work and the long hours make sense when you see your book on a screen or in your hand. Believe this - it's worth it.
There's this big to-do list sitting on my desk, with about fifty-plus things on it. Every one of them is important and I know I must get them all completed if I'm going to make it in self-publishing land. I've started a few of them, changed my mind, and started another couple. I've dabbled and fussed and thought about it all in great detail. But nothing is finished.
Does this sound familiar?
In the end I managed to work through my overwhelm and get back on track. It was simple, hugely effective, and I'll tell you exactly what I did later in this book.
That's the kind of advice we're planning to give you. Simple, effective solutions to get you back in the writer's seat, pumping out those works of genius.
I hope you come along for the ride!
Shar says ...We've put together a whole heap of (hopefully) positive encouragement, useful advice and resources in this book. For me, I'd like to give you, gentle reader, a big hug and say...
Welcome to being a writer.
You can do this. You are not alone.