Over the course of my writing career I have tried to do things everyone else’s way. I’ve followed habits of high performers. Write like this author to be a best seller. Do this or that. I’ve even tried to follow many indie author’s way of doing things.
The one thing that all of this has led me to believe is, that I’m not like any of them. There is a big surprise. That is meant with every ounce of sarcasm I can muster. None of their methods work for me, because I am a unique individual and need to follow my methods to get me where I want to go.
So, I’ve been spending the last several months finding methods that do work for me, and learning to hone these skills. While it hasn’t come to a finished manuscript just yet, it certainly has gotten me a whole lot closer.
One of the major lessons I have learned about not only writing but life in general came from a Mel Robbins audiobook, Take Control of Your Life. She talks about the fact that life can be overwhelming if your brain runs away with you and focuses on big picture themes. Which is exactly what mine does. I get so wrapped up in the larger picture that I become frozen with fear at the sheer amount of work it will take to get there.
So, she talks about building things one brick at a time. Break things down into the smallest task possible that will you move you in the direction you want to go. Not only will it make things easier to digest, but you will be able to pivot your plan when needed as long as you keep it on a smaller scale. It won’t seem so end of the world if you start with plan A and end up on a whole other plan like W.
If you are interested in hearing the book for yourself and doing the many great exercises and counseling session. You can find it here.
I do highly recommend that book, however, it did cause me to really open up a lot of old wounds and try to mend them. So, if that isn’t something you want to do, then maybe it isn’t a book for you. It is, however, a book better left for adults as it does discuss adult themes such as abuse, which can be too much for the younger ones.
Until next time, remember to L.O.L. (Live it, Own it, Love it) and be safe out there.