Do you have a team working for you every single week to ensure you are a success? Do you protect your writing time, getting strategic or tactical help with some aspects of your writing career, freeing up your creative energy and your time to actually WRITE? Today, we are going to talk about how you can – and SHOULD – build a team to give you more time to write, and find more success doing so.
YOU ARE NOT AN (OVERWHELMED) ISLAND
Drowning? You are not alone. So many authors I know feel completely overwhelmed with some, if not all, of the following:
- Their day job
- Attending to needs of their family, and also “quality” family time
- Keeping a home
- Finding time to write
- Ensuring their writing finds an audience. I call this ‘author platform,’ but you may refer to it as something else.
So stop pretending you can do it all, that you are just one productivity app or one productivity book away from balancing it all. Balance is an illusion. Why? Well, imagine a perfectly balanced scale. What does it take for it to become unbalanced? ANYTHING! The slightest movement, the slightest weight put on one side or the other kills the balance. Now, imagine a scale trying to balance six thing, representing each of the obligations many writers face which I described in the bullets above. How easy is that to balance?
Managing a successful writing career takes time to figure out. You need a team. The best time to start building one? Right now.
When you are overwhelmed, you miss opportunities. You don’t show up to events, you don’t schedule meetups, you don’t pursue new ideas to find an audience, you don’t take some crazy risk. You… just… try… to… keep… your… head… above… water.
You need space to not just be creative in your writing, but to be open to new experiences, have the space for long unexpected conversations, and to potentially try new things.
Opportunities happen because of relationships. Getting that speaking engagement, a chance meeting with an agent, connecting with another author who reshapes how you think about your own writing career.
NO, EVERYTHING DOESN’T NEED TO BE CRAFTED BY YOU