Being an unpublished writer in this day and age is definitely challenging. There are so many bloggers, infopreneurs, entrepreneurs and authors out there that getting your name and work seen can be a daunting task which would be enough to stop most people in their tracks. Not me though. All I've wanted for the past 6 years was to be an author and one day that will be a reality.
However on my quest to be an author I have encountered some problems that I wanted to share and get your thoughts on.
Scheduling writing time has been extremely difficult to work into a routine with wanting to fit it in alongside working full time and going to the gym. I also schedule time to spend with my friends and boyfriend because they're just as important. My job is full time, I leave the house at 7:30am in the morning and return at 6:00pm in the evening. If it's a Monday or Wednesday I don't get back until 8:00pm because I go to the gym. So with that in mind - Tuesday evenings are for blogging. I schedule in advanced so it's less stress for me. Thursday evenings are for writing my book, I have a weekly target of 1879 words I also write on a Sunday.
My biggest struggle is content ideas. Blog posts are a little easier as I have a schedule for each section and when I have a calendar in front of me brainstorming titles seems like a dream. The hard part when it comes to actually planning the post, which I use a template for. I'm also trying to come up with ideas for worksheets and workbooks for you guys but alas so far I have come up with empty handed. If you need anything let me know!
When there is so much competition it's hard to try and be original. I had an idea to do a writing prompt challenge and then I found out that Kristen had already done it. In an attempt to not copy her amazing Author Up challenge I am trying to adapt my idea into something that is similar but different enough. In novel writing it's the same, someone somewhere will have a similar idea to you but it'll be different enough that it's classed as original. I do have new ideas some which haven't been done before but I also have new ideas that have been inspired but other writers.
I'm not expecting to be rich tomorrow but I can't leave my full time job because of the financial security it brings. Knowing how much I am going to have each month is a godsend, especially when I am saving for future plans, so as much as I want to leave and just write, create and read it's not plausible for me because the bills us adults have to pay. Someone find me a solution for this?
Getting seen is probably the most daunting task. I schedule 10 tweets a day and I'm pretty sure 1 of them gets seen. One in Ten! That's not exactly going to make me noticed or go viral. I ask for answers and am met with a wall of silence, clearly I am speaking to an empty room. I'm sure once I've actually finished a novel and got my name out there people will notice this little corner of the internet I have but for now I guess I'll bide my time like a tiger waiting to pounce.
A debate I have with myself about publishing is whether I want to try and get an agent and traditionally publish, or go full steam ahead and publish on lulu.com or blurb.com or amazon.co.uk and see what I can make of it. Then I think what if I get rejected or what if no one buys my book etc. Traditional publishing, however harsh (James Patterson got turned down by 31 publishers and JK Rowling by 12), is probably the best way to go. Although self publishing is quicker... Hmmm decisions.
What problems are you currently facing as a blogger, writer or novelist? Let me know in the comments!