I’m on a roll. Have you noticed? As we come to the end of 2018, my goals for my business in the coming year have solidified in my mind. But this year, I’ve done something different.
Instead of asking, “What will make my writing more successful?” I asked instead, “What will make my writing life more fun?”
The moment I asked that question, the answers became abundantly clear: Simplicity. Generosity. Creativity.
I love creating things. I love writing books, launching courses, creating video series, putting together bundles, sending these newsletters, pitching articles, and so much more. Creativity is at the heart of everything I do and everything I teach and in the coming year, I want to do more of it in a way that is not only aligned but that brings me increasing levels of joy.
That’s what I wish for you, too.
Because increasingly, as I help writers make the transition from struggling and starving to paying bills and retiring spouses, I also see them making the transition from joyful creatives to overextended hustlers.
I see this more in my community than in the writing world in general because people who buy my courses or are part of my groups and who take action on what I teach achieve success with it pretty easily, and very quickly—typically within a year or so—become full-time writers. And once they do, many of them start losing the love for it with which they began.
I did, too. Which is why I know it’s a problem and something we need to talk about.
Tomorrow, I’ll share with you what happened when I burned out and fell out of love with this website and business, and what I did that led me back into joy, ease, and flow.
Part of that, though—as you may have noticed—is that I stopped censoring myself and started allowing myself to create freely. I decided earlier this year that it was time to go back to my original dream for this website and my work—to be as creative in my writing as I possibly could, that is, to explore and learn all manner of things, from freelancing to self publishing books to writing novels. And then to share the lessons I learned along the way and give my readers (you!) all the details of what I did right, what I did wrong, and the setbacks I had along the way, and the strategies I implemented that led to success. I want to share these lessons so that you, too, can use them in your own writing life and make your path to success shorter.
I have learned so much over the last few years about running a creative business online, about making more money than I ever knew I could, about being in the public eye, of having work go viral, of having launches succeed and fail, of writing books, of working with top people in the publishing industry, of attempts to collaborate with Bollywood movie stars, and so much more. I’m dying to share it all with you.
Tomorrow, I’ll talk about what got it all going.
See you then!