A is for

A is for…

Hello everyone and Happy April!

For those of you who know me, you know I love a challenge. So this month, I signed up for the A to Z blog challenge.

Every day, I’ll post something that deals with the letter of the day. Except Sundays. Sundays- I do what I want…or work. Either way, they don’t count for this challenge.

I’m hoping this will help me with the lack of blogging I actually do. I have a lot to say, I just never get it down on screen.

So here’s to day one and me pushing all the way to the letter Z!

A is for Acceptance and Anxiety.

Exactly 4 months ago I posted that I wasn’t going to let anything get in the way of my writing. I was going to take my marketing skills to the next level and publish, not just one, but two, if not three books this year.

Exactly 4 months ago, I lied. Not on purpose, of course. I still want to do all those things, but, yet, stuff happens.

I transferred to a new store, which put a hindrance on my progress. I had to move (a-freaking-gain!) and other things got in the way.

Bottom line: Life is going to throw every excuse it can at you.

I’m learning to accept this. I have to. There’s nothing I can do to control the outside elements in my life. I have to work, I have to live. I also have to accept that other new authors are books ahead of me. Isn’t a bad thing.  I’m happy for them. I’m just not there yet, and that’s okay.

The flip side of that, I need to let go of the anxiety of not writing. I can’t tell you the times I cursed myself for not doing the list of things I need to do to make my writing a success.

Well, the first step is admitting there’s a problem, right? So that’s what I’m doing. Pretty soon, I’ll fly through my 12 steps and get myself back on track.

And at that point, book 2 will be ready for release and I’ll start this self-doubt driven circle all over again.

Worth it. 🙂

 

4 thoughts on “A is for…”

  1. Such important lessons. Beating ourselves up for not writing is NOT helpful, and neither is comparing our own progress to others. I had to revise some of my writing goals for the year, too. (Btw, I also used to work at B&N!)

    1. Oh my gosh, where and what did you do?

      NOT beating myself up has probably been my biggest challenge. But I’ve found more and more authors are just like me so it’s, in a weird way, comforting 🙂 We’re all in this together, right?

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