It’s taken me all week to accomplish nothing. Know what I mean? All those hours on the internet with zip to show for it, except a low-grade headache and a less than amiable mood.
First of all, I’m working on covers for a three-book series. It’s going great and I love what the designer is doing, but it takes time to do it well. I could use more patience. Now!
Secondly, I’m trying to learn a couple new programs to effectively communicate with what I hope will eventually be a growing tribe of followers. I think I’m making this harder than it has to be, and I’ve thought of a couple people who already possess the expertise I need. Sometimes I just need to ask for a bit of help.
Thirdly, I’ve been studying up on marketing and promotion for my soon-to-be-released books. These days, Search Engine Optimization is big. Strategic categorization of books and ebooks is essential.
I agree with the “what” and the “why.”
As an indie author, I know the “who” refers to me.
I understand the importance of the “when.” Mostly. I think.
But the “how” continues to evade me.
The online courses are encouraging with their anyone-can-do-it attitude. They almost make me believe I can. But the actual practice of coming to decisions, choosing those all-important words and phrases, is becoming increasingly overwhelming.
I think it’s partly the age-old problem that not all writers are born to be business people. I’d rather write than categorize. I’d rather write than build a following.
But maybe this is all part of the process. Why do I expect my journey to be smooth? Maybe this floundering isn’t for nothing, but will allow me to understand others, and help them when I’m able. It takes time to learn what works and what doesn’t, and what I’m actually capable of.
It’s all part of the writing life in this fast-paced, technologically saturated world. This is the world for which we are called to write, and to minister. But it’s not necessarily our accomplishments for which we will be remembered. Our responses to the challenges and hurdles we meet may be as important.
I need to continually pray for patience, for knowledge and understanding. I can ask others for help. But I also need to let go of the idea that success is only in accomplishment, in those measurable tasks along the way. Maybe my unproductive week looks different in God’s books than it does in mine.
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