Confession time: I’m one of those people who believes in tarot readings and asking the cards for guidance. Go ahead, eye roll all you want. Here me out and I’ll tell you what it has to do with writing, publishing or marketing a book.
The problem, according to the cards, is facing too many frustrating blocks. How true! I’ve sapped me of the motivation to write. I’m unsure what to do next when it comes to marketing my book and even the Indicated website. Tasks have been taking 10 times longer to complete.
Why? I have this filthy, nasty, stinking hobitses (er I mean habit) of focusing on what I haven’t achieved rather than what I have. *Hangs head* Boy those cards, they don’t lie! I, like many authors, beat myself up all the time with thoughts like, “I haven’t reached my 5 page writing goal today, tomorrow I’ll have to write double to catch up.” Not only did I feel guilty for not achieving enough, but frustration built, I attracted more of these situations, compounding the problem.
So what did the cards say to stop this pattern? Simple: acknowledge and celebrate my achievements. Okay. Let’s look at what I have done in 2013:
- I have published and marketed my first children’s fantasy novel, The Silver Strand.
- I decided to change career direction, write part-time, become a student of creative writing, and created a support and promotional site to help my fellow authors.
- I spent 4 months researching the library on how to promote books and resources to help do so.
- I wrote 25,000 words (approximately half) of my new children’s book Heaven and Hound.
- I critiqued 3 novellas, and countless new chapters for my writing buddy, TF Walsh.
Wow. That’s quite an achievement now that I look at it.
Writing and publishing shouldn’t just be about celebrating the successes like reaching the best-sellers list or getting a publishing contract with a big publisher. We need to acknowledge the small things. That includes the terrible, stinky paragraph you just wrote, or the story, which will never see the light of day. Who cares? You wrote something. These things are still an accomplishment and deserve credit.
So pat yourself on the back and reward yourself with a treat. By giving acknowledging every achievement, no matter how big or small, you smash down the blocks in your way, allowing you to move forward.
I’d love to know what you’ve achieved in 2013, and how you will celebrate? Maybe we can share some cyber chocolate
P.s. Anyone who wants more details on my brilliant tarot reader, just drop me a line. You'll be surprised and impressed.
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