We’re about to live the last full week of January. I could go on about how fast it went and maybe it did, but actually, I’m looking forward to the end of the month. For starters, it means pay day. I don’t know about you but I haven’t seen a dime in about six weeks and I’m sick of being broke. Money, please!
By now, a lot of our New Year’s Resolutions have been smashed. Personally, I’m totally OK with that. It’s great everyone wants to better themselves but two weeks of an overcrowded gym would make anyone want to quit their workouts. (Put down your phone Deborah, I want to use the cycle machine, too).
I haven’t used January to change much but to build on some skills. Ad skills, writing skills and all-round indie author industry skills. In fact, I’ve bought a headband with little speakers in them so I can listen to podcasts at work while I’m baking your breakfast croissants.
The main podcast I’m listening to right now is The Creative Penn, courtesy of Joanna Penn. She is a self-published author who has a story all indie authors dream of having. She writes books, left her job and now gets involved in all things bookish. She keeps tabs on the situations in the indie market and updates her stuff as per.
After a whole morning of listening to her podcast, I’ve got a reservoir of motivation and a whole bunch of techniques to deal with writer’s anxiety. In case you don’t know what that means, it’s basically second guessing every word you write while you write it. Also after you’ve written them, edited them and published them. It’s a bit of a kick in the teeth.
The problem with trying to be a productive writer is that you spend a lot of time in your own head. Because writers tend to be such introverts we don’t socialise so well, at least not face to face. (Thank you social media!) So, in a weird way, these podcasts have actually made me feel a little more connected to the industry as well as keeping informed.
I’d love to work full time as an author and it’s going to be a long, difficult road for sure but it’s inspiring to know that people can make a living from their books. Although it might be nice to have a part time job just to get me out of the house once in a while.
Speaking of work, I’ve finally got two weeks off it and I plan to spend the next fortnight really busting my butt to finish a novel, start another and start planning the next. Let’s keep this ball rolling.
Thanks for reading!