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I just did a Facebook thing about how I often feel overwhelmed by being a writer/publisher. All that *stuff* to do and then worry about. All the planning, doing, then second-guessing; some days it's killed me. I've been at it for--I think--almost three years now and I've had some successful months and some stinky ones. I've hung in. And I'll continue to do so. When I talk to myself about staying on track, here are the thoughts that help--during the ups and downs. Sunday is a good time to mull over such things, methinks. :D

You are a writer and publisher, setting sail on the Literary eSea. It is a sea of constant change.
How to stay calm and carry on:

1. Remember that the writing comes first.
2. Study and learn (you’ll never master!) the art/craft of writing.
3. Write entertaining stories for your audience—only your best will do.
4. Breathe . . .
5. Ensure your well-told story is formatted cleanly and mess free.
6. Study and learn (you’ll never master!) the business  of promo.
7. Do whatever promo you’re capable of and comfortable with.
8. Breathe . . .
9. Understand you are one of many attempting to navigate the Literary eSea.
10. Wish others well.
11. Don’t compare your journey to others.
12. Study and learn about the numbers that affect your business.
13. Breathe . . .
14. Don’t let the numbers that affect your business affect you.
15. Drink. :)



 

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Nancy Warren said:
Great list, EC. I am going to print it out and hang it on the wall.

It's a crazy ride, isn't it?
A crazy ride and sometimes crazy-making. Gotta stand back and take a look at the *job* sometimes. :D

And Carina, if all else fails in the calm department, there is always number 14. 8)
 

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Lotsa wisdom there, EC.

 

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I think drink should appear a little higher on the list after one of the breaths, just before writing. Love the list! It's my smile for the day.  ;D
 

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Don't forget: "I must work harder!"

I think I say that every night while I drink ;).

Great advice!
 

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Great list!

Also what I constantly need to remind myself is that I work best in the relative short bursts (1-2 hours), and trying to force myself extending the writing sessions won't do any good. The muscle builds in long-term, and it's okay to take a nap or go for a walk. And not talking just writing, but my daily work paying the damn bills, too.
 
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