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Saturday, April 23, 2022

The Three Most Difficult Facets of Writing for Me

    Writing is something that has always come naturally to me. As an introvert, I’m able to express myself via script better than speech on many occasions. However, there are times when writing is an arduous task, and I would unsuccessfully fight through periods of being unproductive only to discover that pressing the issue was futile.

 Writer’s Block.

    Prior to 2018, writer’s block was something that I experienced on a regular basis. There were times when my energy level was high, and I was cranking out novels with ease. Subsequently, my motivation would wane when my book sales didn’t match the effort that I was making in writing. Everything came to a head in 2015―my personal life was in shambles, and I quit writing for two years afterward. My entire life changed from that point on, and I had to make a major adjustment to my writing style once I refocused and mapped out my short-term and long-term goals.

 Lack of Time and Energy.

    Life happens more often than not and juggling time between work, family, and writing is challenging at best. Finding the time to write after a five-day work week on top of maintaining family obligations can be very taxing, and fatigue will kill an author’s creativity. I’ve learned not to force things and ultimately pick my spots. I tend to be more productive when my mind is fresh, and my writing flows organically as opposed to everything being contrived.

 Finding a Balance Between Writing and Marketing.

    I sometimes wish that I could focus solely on creating stories that readers love and not have to worry about the marketing aspects of writing. Man, if it were only that simple. Unfortunately for the average author, marketing is a key component of being successful in the self-publishing world―you simply can’t sale books without a solid marketing plan. My problem isn’t finding topics to write fiction wise or on my blog―the Lord has downloaded into me enough themes or subjects to expound upon until kingdom come. The problem is finding a healthy balance between book promotion and composing fiction novels and/or valuable blog topics.

    Writing is something that I genuinely love―even if I didn’t make a dime doing it. I’ve learned to naturally incorporate writing into my daily life without neglecting my equally important work and family responsibilities, and though I may be faced with obstacles that derail my creative juices, I don’t allow those setbacks to deter me from reaching my goals as an author.

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