Writing is not only a lonely occupation; it can also be overwhelming.
Today’s writers don’t just need to know how to write, and write well, they need to know marketing, editing, publishing, public speaking, and how to pitch—they need to know the business of writing.
It also doesn’t help that only 5% of writers are able to make a living from their words (and this statistic also included journalists, who are paid writers).
Even Stephen King, whose first book Carrie was published in the 70s, admits he wouldn’t have become as successful today as he did back then given the current demands of his profession.
Back then, all a writer needed to do was write. Today, that’s simply not enough. Unless, of course, you just want to be a hobby writer.
The external demands placed on writers of being a ‘jack of all trades’ can be overwhelming. And when we feel overwhelmed, we feel stressed and we procrastinate. We don’t do the things we need to do to be successful at our chosen craft. We throw our pens in the air and give up.
But it doesn’t have to be that way. First, you must accept that we live in a brave new world in which writers must adapt or go back to their day job. No matter how much you dislike it, writers do not live in the Stephen King world of the 70s. The writing world has moved on and it isn’t going back.
Second, you need to upskill and learn the tricks of the trade. You need to read up on book marketing. You need to build a devoted fan base on social media. You need to nurture your email database. You need to learn the art of public speaking.
Third, you need to DO it. You need to roll up your sleeves and get to work on all the extra-curricular things outside writing. The things that make you cringe, like standing in front of an audience and presenting your ideas. The things that make you wish for the good ol’ days, like promoting yourself on Facebook and LinkedIn.
As a writer at heart and a publisher, I know how draining all these things can be. All you want to do is sit at your desk and write. Just like the good ol’ days.
As a doctor, I also know the mental, emotional, and physical barriers that derail you and stop you in your tracks. I know the neuro-science behind why you procrastinate and refuse to do the things you need to do to be a successful writer.
I also know HOW you can navigate your way around these barriers and help you get back on track toward your dream of making a living from your writing.
Which is why I’m inviting you to my Don’t Wait, Don’t Procrastinate 2020 Webinar Training Program (dates available all throughout the year).
Now is the perfect time to join me live and find out how to get clarity, find direction, and build confidence to the live life you always wanted.
PLUS, enter for a chance to WIN a scholarship ticket valued at $558 to my next Break Through Procrastination workshop. Tap or click here to register for the next webinar and simply let me know in the comments section with the words “I’m in for [your city e.g. Adelaide]”.
I look forward to helping you beat procrastination and break through the writer’s wall.
Dr. Scott Zarcinas