As an author, it is crucial that you put into it what you want to get out of it. Not only with your writing, but also with everything else that goes along with your book. That includes promoting, advertising, and interacting with the readers.
I will admit, I'm quick to retreat into my writing world when things overwhelm me. It's so much easier to tell myself that I have to write the book or it doesn't matter. While that's true, I also have to do my part in celebrating the new releases and enjoying the relationship I have with my readers. Sometimes it's difficult, sure. Especially when a book releases months after I've finished it. Mentally, I've already moved on to another story, another set of characters. By the time the book comes out, I've lost much of the enthusiasm I had while writing it. Which is where the readers come in. When they get excited about a book, I do, too. That makes it easier to pay attention to the important things, to spread the word, to ensure people know about it.
Now the goal is to refuse to retreat when I should be rushing forward.
No, the type of organization I'm referring to here has nothing to do with my home and everything to do with my business, because that is where I tend to fail.
Yep, it's the one thing most writer's fear. The worst thing about it is that there is no fix. There is no way to reinflate that creative bubble once it has burst. At least not on command. Not that I've found, anyway. At some point, if we're lucky, it comes back and we're once again doing what we love to do.
My oldest son was without electricity on and off, and water briefly. I think my daughter endured the worst of it. She was without power and water for several days, even when much of the area was back up and running. My in-laws also endured no power and no water for a day or so.
My husband will tell you—Wait. And my kids.
Yes, my husband and my kids (because they all like to give me shit) will tell you that I might have a small obsession with rearranging things. And by things, I'm talking about furniture. And sometimes it's not just the furniture I rearrange, but the room. The whole room. And the furniture.
Fine. I have a problem with rearranging things. Even I can see it. But that's not the point of this post, I promise.
What I'm trying to say is that I put things off, and I was thinking about that recently. About why I do it. Which got me to thinking about what my excuses usually are: namely, rearranging furniture/rooms. I honestly didn't think I did it often, but I think it's become a ... dare I say ... it's become a thing.
If you hang out with me in Nicole Nation on Facebook, you might've seen my post asking for binge-worthy television. I have to say, that post gave me a ton more shows to watch, but I thought I'd give you a list of some of my favorites.
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