One of the biggest challenges for writers is that few of us make our full time living doing it. The result is that our patterns of behavior skew toward the urgent, the immediate cash flow activity, as we work to survive.
Is writing your “important” work? The thing that you hope will help you make your positive impact in the long run? Is it something you hope will one day generate residual income? Then read on.
I have yet to have a book become a best-seller, go viral on the Internet, but I believe in the power of the back catalog. Whenever one of my books attains the next level of success, it will pull the others with it. The problem here is that you cannot leverage the power of the back catalog, if you don’t write your first book, and then follow it up with several more.
You also will never be able to leverage it if what you write is dull, poorly edited, or otherwise not worth anyone’s while. This means that even as you build a back catalog, you’ve got to go for quality. I’ve done that to the best of my ability, so I know that when one book catches on, my readers will be pleasantly surprised to read the rest of my work, as they catch up with me.
All that to say, if you hope that one day writing will provide some significant income (even if, for example, you hope to be paid for blogs on Exoteric) then you have to find ways to stay productive. And that takes accountability until you develop that habit. It’s like many other habits… I started exercising because I did not want to hear my doctor say next year, “Mr. Fleming, you sir are out of shape and I’m concerned about your heart.” I haven’t heard it yet, but by the time you hear it, it could be too late. Writing is a similar habit. If you want to write ten books in your life, consider that one day you may find it’s too late for that as well.
We all know what it boils down to. You have to get to work. But accountability… and making it fun … that’s what I’m here for.
Resources for accountability: of course you can hire a coach to get you kicked off. Feel free to check out my gig here.
Another option is to join a network where you can be one of a group on a monthly call with me and fellow Exo coach (and graduate of Oxford U. with a master’s in creative writing) Justin Fike.
Finally, if you’re just curious to read some more of my work, check out my Amazon page. There are books on leadership and coaching, as well as some fun beach reads where you get a big dose of my sense of humor.