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It’s Not Supposed to be Easy – Writing Update 17th January

It’s been a real meh week, I’ll be honest the old platitudes like it’s not supposed to be easy are not helping. Have to work on improving this ASAP!

Allow me to be perfectly honest here. There are plenty of positive platitudes that spring to mind when thinking about this post. Writing, life, trying your best.  I know them all (especially it’s not supposed to be easy), I teach and sometimes the hollow words of encouragement toll like a sonorous weight around your neck. No matter what you accomplish, be it hitting a target, realising that you enjoy what you do having that perfect family life. Whatever it is that floats your water bound mode of transport.

I have consistently hit the targets I have set for myself (see previous weeks references to ‘the board’) over the last month or two. I am happy with what I have created and the skills that I have learned and am beginning to put into practice. On the surface of it all is going well and I should be really happy with my creative endeavours.

There is one simple problem though. I am not. It took me a while to think about how to phrase this post but I have decided to just write in a stream of consciousness (oh I will edit it a little as well for spelling and clarity) but it will be just what comes off the top of my head. I feel a little fraudulent, like I don’t really know what I am doing. I put words on a page and then into the little box that sits on my desk, sending them into that arcane thing known as the web.

The reality is that I just worry about interacting with people and no one reading what I put down or enjoying it. I think I feel like Tolkien’s description of Bilbo in Lord of the Rings, like butter spread over too much bread. I thought that by now (yes since the end of August) more people would have engaged with what I was putting out there and they have not. This disheartening feeling is leaving the more words I put on the page.

I feel like this is a grave situation…

Do you know what? Rather than wallow like this, I will make next week a focus on writing. Write, list time:

  • Get off social media for a week
  • Do not look at analytics
  • Focus on writing

Well I tell you what, I’ll let you know next week how I get on.

As Ever,

Warm Regards,

Magpie Stories

PS sorry if this seemed self-indulgent, just not felt myself this week.

By magpiestories

An English teacher by trade, an author at heart, it only took a global pandemic for me to start writing my first novel. Along the way, I found a love for creating shorter fiction which I share on this site along with some updates and (hopefully) useful writing tips.

I hope you have a... pleasant time reading.

2 replies on “It’s Not Supposed to be Easy – Writing Update 17th January”

I think you’re doing the right thing, it takes time to build traction. Look at seo, keep interacting on social media, look at putting work out in different formats. Keep learning. Yeah, it’s a full time occupation on top of the day job

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