I've been driving myself nuts the last few weeks trying to become something I'm not...a marketing guru or wizard or mogul...
I woke up this morning having had an overnight epiphany... I need to focus on my writing.
doesn't seem extraordinary to hear, in a writer's blog, from a writer... but
it came as a surprise to me that my subconscious was sending me this
"Writers write" - we've all heard or read that quote (I
don't know whose it was originally). I love to write, always have. I
don't do it for the money, although money is nicer than no money, given
I was lucky enough to have the stars and work and
family align in such a way that I was able to write my first novel last
summer, with the help of Camp NaNoWriMo, and am currently working on a
novelette and 2 other short pieces that are related to my novel.
lies the rub... I've found myself increasingly thinking and fretting
and worrying about marketing the last few weeks, and have wandered a bit
off track... I have been spending more time thinking about, and trying
my hand at, marketing than at writing (which is the reason I'm here).
Lots of the writer's groups that I am a part of focus too much (for me)
on marketing, and not enough on writing... and I need to learn to adjust
my focus more effectively in these groups, to spend more time and
energy on being a writer (and learning to be a better writer), and less
time and energy trying to be one of the "Mad Men" (and learning to be a
better "Mad Man").
I surprised myself this summer by being able to write and publish a novel, but am apparently, and sadly, not able to become a marketing maniac with the same aplomb... I've decided not to worry about it.
I'm going to keep writing, which I love doing, and which makes me happy, and largely ignore the marketing side of things for now (at least until I've run through the current slate of story ideas banging around in my head).
I don't want to stop my nascent marketing
efforts altogether, I enjoy my blog, and interacting with people on FB
and Twitter and G+. I would even like to expand into an exchange of
author interviews with other blogs and bloggers. I just want to regain
my balance and purpose in being a writer... I want primarily to write.
sorry for the TL; DR, but it occurs to me that I'm likely not the only
writer out there (in here?) who has stumbled across this epiphany. I'd
love to hear from others who successfully achieve a balance with
their writing and marketing.
Great points, Jamie! I can't speak to finding the balance yet myself, but I have had the SAME thoughts lately. Just 2 nights ago I started working on revamping a short story from college that I want to put out for free, just to have some more material and get my name out there. It is the first thing I've written since I finished my novel last August. It felt good! Thanks for the friendly reminder & confirming that writing is what writers do.
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