I typed in fear and writing into the computer the other day. (Yes, it was one of those days.) and you’d be amazed at how much came up.
But this was one of the best.
In a nutshell, she says we need to stop trying to name the thing you’re trying to create.
The marketing buzz has gotten out of hand. We are trying to market before we’ve even created. And there are writing books that actually say don’t type a word until you know your audience. Don’t let a thought fill your head until you know who you’re going to sell it to.
A friend and I laugh about how it’s gotten that not only do you have to write a book, you’re expected to edit it, market it, and then pulp it too. You certainly have to know exactly what shelf it’s supposed to be on.
The stress and frustration comes when the mind refuses to participate.
It says Sorry, my gold does not have a price on it. You already whipping out your cost analyses? Well, I’m not morphing into anything sellable. I’m gonna bring all the woolgathering (an Anne Lamott term) to a screeching halt.
All those writing books are just like baby raising books. They are constantly refuting each other.
Best to just ignore them all and go with your gut instinct.
And don’t forget the love. That’s the main ingredient.
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