Deciding to be an author, especially an independently published author, comes with a certain level of responsibility. Probably one of the most important aspects is accountability. This is an concept I struggle with in my writing life. Not so much at my day job. Someone asks me to do something or I say I’m going to do it by such and such date, consider it done (well unless of course the request gets superseded by a more important request).
With writing it’s different, I have no “boss”. The only person that will hold me accountable for my schedule is me (and now my readers). Those of your who followed me through my journey of publishing Dissonance know exactly what I’m talking about. I had so many deadlines that I watched zip by. However, that never happens at work or with my masters level coursework, those items are always turned in on time no matter how much work it takes. So why is it different with writing?
I like to blame it on time management, I know I waste a lot of time at home. But I don’t think that’s really the main issue going on. I think my issues with accountability (deadlines, blogging schedules, etc., etc., etc.) boil down to confidence. At my job, I have experience, and lots of it. With writing, this is a whole new adventure, especially publishing. At times, I don’t keep up with my blogging schedule because I lack experience: I don’t know what to blog about, I haven’t done anything new, or I just don’t think I am an authority on the matter. The same goes for writing, I don’t always feel like writing. Why because I’m inexperienced: I haven’t figured out the balance between work, home responsibilities, me time, and writing time or I don’t know what should happen next or I’m not sure how I want to write the next scene. These are things that will smooth out with experience, but in order to get the experience I must write and blog.
Since publishing Dissonance, my confidence as a writer is starting to grow. I have heard wonderful things about the book from friends, family, and friends of friends whom I have never met. So, when my time frees up a bit (read in about 3 weeks), I will be accountable with my writing schedule. After all, I have a brand to build, readers to find, and books to sell.
(And yes I realize the irony that I’m writing about accountability, it’s already half way through the first day of the A to Z Challenge, and I am just now getting a post up)
Catch Monday’s A to Z Challenge post – Believe