Figure out what it is you want to accomplish with your writing and then do something about it. Breathe a sigh of relief and take a step forward in faith.
A slow start
In 2017 I went to the Breathe Christian Writers Conference. Finally! I committed to pursuing writing, and what better way than to learn more about it than to get with other writers and learn as much as I could.
I took in all the workshops time allowed, took copious notes, met some other writers, and came home absolutely overwhelmed with the idea of building a following for my blog. The presentations were helpful and informative. The overload stemmed from the word PLATFORM repeated so often throughout the weekend.
WordPress, Email lists, social media, lead magnets, landing pages. A sense of excitement and looming defeat came over me at the same time. Did you know that was even possible? Well, it is.
I came home and tried; I really did. Setting up a new blog WordPress went okay, I guess, but setting up and email list not so much. Tech isn’t in my toolbox. The whole exercise was enough to make me stop writing for almost a year.
I lost that round.
A confident comeback
The writing life was still calling my name. I missed writing enough to come back and fight for it. To give tech and social media a try, but more importantly, to start writing again.
That feeling of overwhelm, I put that on myself. It didn’t happen at the writing conference. That was a wonderful experience. I threw myself into the comparison trap. And the fear of failure is what turned my writing dreams into nightmares. No one was going to find out about my writing or sure wasn’t asking for help. Have you been there?
I’ve grown a lot since then. You can read more about it here. Now I write from a place of trust and obedience to the calling I believe God placed on my life.
I still don’t have an email list, and the tech still scares me a little. But now I see myself as in-process not less than.
Whether you are just getting started or, like me, you’ve been writing for a while but still have a very few subscribers, I caution you not to compare yourself to others. Instead, choose to be inspired by them.
Figure out what you want to accomplish with your writing, take a deep breath, and go!
A few tips to help make it easier
- Find a few successful bloggers in your niche and observe how they do it.
- Follow your favorites on social media.
- Join a writing community (linkups are a great way to do this; see my shortlist below).
- Try a membership website for writers (like Hope Writers).
- Take a course (try Flourish Writers).
- Learn all you can, how you can.
- Hire someone else for the technology side of things, if possible (like Fist Bump Media).
- Practice, practice, practice.
- Pray, pray, pray.
Writing is active. Yes, do the work, but enjoy the journey.
I’ve only included & linked resources I personally use. There are zero affiliate links in this post. Remember, I told you I’m still a little afraid of the tech.
Here’s my shortlist of favorite link-ups, but there are many:
Five Minute Fridays, hosted by Kate Motaung
Faith on Fire, hosted by Lyli Dunbars
Grace and Truth Link-Up, hosted by a team writing women. Click the link to Lauren Sparks Blog to see who they are.
Inspire Me Monday link-up, hosted by Anita Ojeda,
Let’s Have Coffee, hosted by Sue Donaldson on the Wild at Heart blog
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I’m glad I’m your neighbor at 5 Minute Fridays. I have never heard of Breathe Christian Writers Conference. I’m on my way over to learn more about them. I’m working on building my email list also have been for several years. I hope you have a great weekend!
Lori, glad you stopped by. Breathe was my first writer’s conference, and I truly enjoyed it! I believe it is online this year and takes place next weekend.
❤❤❤ love this post and really needed that. Thank you x Loretta FMF #4
Hi Loretta. Glad to help! I guess we all need a good kick in the pants at least once.
I thought that I could be a writer,
publish books and all that jazz,
wear my black jeans ever tighter
with aplomb a rock star has,
and hie myself to sign my work,
flirt with hot babes on the side
(for is that not a golden perk
that should to me betide?).
But the Lord had other plans,
so He placed into my hands
and heart a tree to grow
that blossomed in humility,
and I started writing POETRY!
90210 is the ZIP code for Beverly Hills
Hi Andrew, it’s good to hear from you. Thanks for the poem. I’m finding that humility is a key aspect of writing, and that is something I’ve learned from fellow writers. When I started, it was all about me, and if I’m not careful,I can go back there. It is a work in process, hopefully in progress too.