Working through my stress and anxiety.
Not every part of being a writer is sexy and interesting. Wait…ok, almost no part is.
Today I hit a sticking point in the day job and it got me to thinking that I’ve also got a sticking point with my writing path.
For work, it was a matter of stepping away and realizing where the missing semicolon wasn’t (isn’t it always a missing semicolon?). I spent a few minutes away from the computer and, presto, I found the issue.
With my writing goals, it’s a little more complicated to identify. The biggest thing is that it’s not something in my control, at the moment. The biggest thing I need to do is get work out there for readers to find that will lead them back to more of my work. To say that I’m getting ahead of myself is an understatement.
I know what I’ve done wrong over the years with sporadic releases and inconsistent output on social media. My whole point over this next year is to change all that. I know I won’t be able to maintain this output. I’m only able to do it now because of years of work that I’ve already put in to build up this backlog. Once that’s been depleted, I’ll need to come up with a new strategy.
Again, I’m getting ahead of myself. This is the time to focus on what I have laid out for the next year. Yes, I need to have a plan beyond the next 12 months. Once I get this all scheduled, I’ll start to work on a 5 year plan and a 10 year plan. What to do beyond this first year. I know I won’t be successful if I run for a year and stop. It won’t happen.
One of the many reasons I’m doing the YouTube videos and these blog posts is to journal my journey. I’ll be able to look back and see what worked and what didn’t. Should I get stuck, I can have a moment of reflection to ground and center myself once more before charging forward again.
Writing is a big piece of what I need to do, but it’s not everything. Getting and staying on a schedule, that’s the ultimate goal. I know I can do this. I needed today to take a step back and refocus. It’s going to be an amazing ride.
Until Next Time!
Audio Only Version: https://anchor.fm/jr-murdock/episodes/5-a-day-with-Jay-Episode-101-ese9cd