Thursday, August 6, 2009
Thank you, Ginger, for this opportunity to talk about stress that writers might find themselves in at one point in their career.
I'd like to put some humor, but seeing the stress I've been in lately I don't believe any humor might come through.
When we begin our careers as writers we're happy-go-lucky, grabbing how-to books to hone our skills, and penning our stories. We then find ourselves in that stage where we need to begin branding our names as writers, promoting our books - that's when the stress factor begins.
One thing we need to remember is to sit down and evaluate our time available before we commit. Let me explain:
there are many things writers can do to help promote themselves:
write articles and submit them to online zines/magazines, article databanks
set up a newsletter
start a blog
start an online magazine
become an editor or blog writer for places such as About.com, eHow, etc.
All of the above help to get your name out there. But at what cost? Your writing may be affected if you don't organize your time for everything you've committed to. This is why it's very important to make sure you sit down and truly evaluate how much time you have to offer in order for you to complete a new task with the same quality and efficiency you've given to your own writing. If you don't, then stress takes a hold of you, drains you, and you find yourself staring at the computer screen more than actually typing.
These past two weeks have seen me completely stressed, worn out, lost my Muse, and have come THIS close to saying goodbye to everything I have always loved to do. The one thing that keeps me motivated is my sense of duty and obligation to finish what I start. This isn't always a good thing to possess because it continues to drain your passion when you feel your 'past love' has now become a 'job' - don't get in this rut.
Evaluate - Assess - then Commit!
I had a long talk with myself yesterday - and no, I was alone while talking so the men with the white jackets won't be coming to my home - and made a few decisions. Immediately, that weight I had been feeling lifted and today I feel almost like the old and passionate writer I remember from way back when.
I hope this helps some of you and avoid that awful stress factor.