Hey, fam. It’s hard to believe that just over a month ago I was stagnated in my writing with no relief in sight.
Since then, I finished the first draft of my novella The First Stone, edited it, had a Beta read it, edited it again, and posted it to Wattpad. (You can read it for free here!)
I also finished the first draft of the follow-up novella The Strategist and am in the process of editing. My Beta for the first is quite busy so I’ll be looking for a different one this time. (Any volunteers? Let me know!)
How did I get my groove back?
I know it’s going to sound like I’m a walking advertisement for Paperback Kingdom but I got SO MUCH HELP from her. Paperback Kingdom is the business run by Pagan Malcolm, who is a bestselling author as well as a copywriter and author coach. I’m in her Facebook groups where you have group support and get tons of free information and tips from her, as well as first chances at her paid courses.
Recently in her membership program The Authorpreneur Kingdom she started doing weekly group calls. There have only been two so far but they’ve already been hugely beneficial for me. The first call was an accountability call. We told her our goals for the month and she gave us tips and helped us (especially me) with a reality check on how much we could get done. I’ve learned about micro goal setting and got some great free resources that have helped me tons. The second call was a mindset call and that was more to focus on how you’re holding yourself back.
Turns out, I was doing that a LOT. I’ve got a new outlook on what I’m doing as well as affirmations and journal prompts to more deeply explore my mindset on my own so I can find my pain points and challenge them. I also walked away with homework:
- Get comfortable putting myself out there by finding a beta to read my work or a writing buddy
- Decide on three actions I can take to build my confidence and do them.
I’m still working on the first bullet point, but I’ve already taken steps on my second one! I shared my Facebook author page to my personal Facebook and invited some friends and family to like the page. I also shared a link to The First Stone and my grandma actually started reading it! I was a bit nervous for family to know about it, but she called me after reading the first two chapters and said that she was just amazed. She was it was very compelling and kept her attention. So that made me feel pretty great. I mean I know she’s biased, but it was still nice.
All that being said, I’ve made a lot of progress in the last month and gotten so much more comfortable with the whole process. I’ve even started marketing more, which is something I never really saw myself doing before. So keep watching this space, kids. Once I find my beta it will be full steam ahead. I’m hoping to have the next novella out sometime next month!