When you’re knee-deep in the tangle of learning something new, it’s easy to get lost in trivialities.
What’s important and what’s not?
What deserves your attention, and what can you let go of?
Overwhelm stalls your forward progress, frustration rises (maybe even a little panic?) and the wave of “I’ll never figure this out”, washes over.
And since the rules are rapidly changing, there is a constant struggle to pull yourself from the quagmire of the “unimportant”, and focus on what’s truly relevant to crafting a long and successful writing career.
Take a deep breath.
Building your career as a writer is no small task.
But it’s too important not to figure out.
To ease the tension and guide you along your path, the following is a list of gentle reminders of what really matters. Things you probably already know, but have forgotten or abandoned while striving to build your author empire.
1. Failure is the best teacher.
Don’t waste any opportunities to fail–that’s where you’ll learn the biggest lessons. Learn what you need to and move forward, or expect to repeat these same lessons again (and again).
2. Let opportunity sneak up on you.
Be open to the possibility that the path for your work and your writing career may unfold in an entirely different way than you envision. You can’t anticipate a sharp turn, a serendipitous moment or a lucky chance, so have a plan, but allow room for happenstance. [Read more…]