On this day in the Series, Jeff talks about the difference between preparation and procrastination. The difference is action. Oh my goodness, itâ€™s like heâ€™s in my head! I canâ€™t tell you how many times Iâ€™ve been thinking about working on something, but not actually working on it, telling myself that Iâ€™m getting prepared. No, Iâ€™m really just procrastinating.
But Iâ€™ve been doing better over the last few days. Iâ€™m writing every day for the blog AND Iâ€™m writing every day for the BIG project I mentioned in yesterdayâ€™s post. I feel Iâ€™m building momentum, and Jeff says thatâ€™s how you know youâ€™re actually preparing.
The challenge for Day 5, though, is another story for me. Jeff challenges participants to ship something. Heâ€™s talking about putting something out there â€“ an article idea, a book proposal, something. The idea is to ship something, then get feedback and apply the feedback, then do it again. â€œShip and tweak, ship and tweak, ship and tweak.â€ He expands on this idea more in his book You Are a Writer (So Start Acting Like One), which I finished reading last night. (Jeff offered the ebook for free this past weekend; but you can still get it for $3.99 by clicking here. *But see below for another offer.*)Â Talk about being in my head! I was moved so much by the book, feeling as if he was talking directly to me, that I sent him an email shortly after 1 a.m. to tell him I owed him $4. 😀
I must admit that Iâ€™m having difficulty with the whole shipping challenge. Itâ€™s just, Iâ€™m really not sure what to do. I reached out yesterday to a company about self-publishing â€¦ to go ahead and get some information on the process as Iâ€™m working on the BIG project (Iâ€™ll have to come up with a better nomiker than that, I know), and even though they promised a call from a representative, I havenâ€™t heard back. Iâ€™m not letting that part get me down. Iâ€™m just not sure who else to reach out too. Jeff talks in his book about submitting pitches to more than one place â€“ whether itâ€™s to several magazine for one article idea; to different but similar blogs for a guest post idea; or to different publishers for a book proposal. This would be shipping. Problem is, part of me doesnâ€™t feel ready and the other part of me just wants to write. Am I being true to the mantra: â€œI am a writer; I just need to writeâ€? Or am I simply procrastinating? Simply letting fear win?
What do you think? Oh, and I promised something above, didnâ€™t I? 😉
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