You’ll hear a lot of talk about ‘the muse’. Muse, mood. It doesn’t matter. If you’re planning to be a professional in an artistic industry, whether that be writing, painting, graphic design, scriptwriting, or sculpting, then you’re going to have to work at it like a real job. When I wake up to go to my real job, it doesn’t matter if I’m in the mood, if I’m feeling lousy, if it’s raining. I have to go to work. Any real world job will give you so many sick days and then you’re finished.
If writing is a hobby and for some it is, then take a few days off when you don’t feel like it. But if you want to be a professional, and you’re serious about making a living at it, then you have to treat it as a job. That means showing up. Every day.
I’ll admit. Sometimes things aren’t working. I don’t know where to go in a story. I’ve written myself into a corner. But there is always something that can be done. I might switch to another story, create a cover, or submit books for promotion or to bloggers for review. Momentum is important. Flaking off one day can turn into flaking off a week and then a month. By the same token, if you sit down every day to write, then sitting down the next day becomes easier and easier to do. You’ll ‘feel’ like writing more often.
Some days will be terrible with a bad review or numbers at the bottom of a pit so deep you think your book will never crawl out of it. You have to write when things go wrong to succeed. Some days will be great with 5 stars and you’ll be ranked. You’ll want to check your ranking and sales every hour to see if anything has moved. Smile and if you must set a timer every few hours for a rank break, do it, but focus. That’s how you’ll become a professional.
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