Apparently sprinters reach their highest speed right out of the blocks, and spend the rest of the race slowing down. The winners slow down the least.
It’s that way with authors too.
The earliest phase of writing is usually the most productive. Words seem to flow through you and anything you write seems like pure gold. That’s when you have the most energy and everything seems possible.
But the difference between those who publish and those who don’t is found after the honeymoon period is over. You know - when you feel like nothing you write is good enough, the days when you get a really nasty comment on your blog, the days where you look at your traffic and think why do I even bother...
You’ve got to commit.
Writing a book is hard. You may have heard the quote about luck consisting of opportunity meeting preparation? You've now done the preparation. This book has, in effect, put you in a position to get lucky: you can now become a published author by just committing to doing the work. So let's talk about how to do that.
Make consistent progress every day
When an author fails to publish their book, it doesn’t happen in one instant decision. It’s a slow process that happens over time and the default is - not publishing. So what’s the opposite of the default look like? Doing something every single day, even if it’s really small.
The #1 thing not to do...
Give up. Put it off to tomorrow. Listen to negative people. Sign up for more
newsletters that answer questions you aren’t having issues with, but might in the future. Distractions like these are fatal to publishing your book. So cut them out.
Don’t give up
You’re smart, you’re prepared, and I know you’re creating something you think will be valuable to at least a few people in the world - otherwise you wouldn’t bother. So whether you end up among the successfully self- published authors or the wannabees comes down to the final ingredient, not giving up.
I’ll tell you right now: this isn’t easy. There will be days where you stare at your computer screen wondering what the heck you’re wasting your time for. Whatever you do, don’t get demoralized. When disaster strikes, just say to yourself, ok, this is what Jess was talking about. What did she say to do? Oh, yeah. Don’t give up.