“. . . in my heart I stayed ashamed. I kept hearing Miss Hisler asking why I wanted to waste my talent, why I wanted to waste my time, why I wanted to write junk.”
Stephen King. Stephen 350 million sold King.
This is a quote from his On Writing which, although not precisely instructional, is the most inspiring book I’ve read when it comes to staying the course as a writer.
This is the quote that gave me my writing life back. I’ll tell you that story someday.
Being a writer is hard. You don’t have to do this alone.
Too many writers are facing the emotional struggle to write without the support they need. After years of writing about writer’s Resistance, I’ve created a forum to help writers and artists deal with it.
Right up front: it’s not free. Membership will be $25 a year or $5 a month. There’s plenty of free stuff out there, including the website you’re at right now, Someday Box.
Here’s why it’s worth far more than it costs:
It’s not going to be a collective moan-fest or even chat-fest. I’ve created a guided learning environment and safe place for some “you’re not alone” emotional support. It will also cover practical and actionable tools and processes to get you writing and keep you writing.
If you’re familiar with my blog at Someday Box, it’s an interactive version in a similar vein. It will include a monthly group chat on focused topic, audio, video, and a weekly “Ask Me Anything” session.
Resistance strikes nonfiction and fiction authors alike. (Memoirists, are you hearing me?) Writing a business book is still a creative endeavor and will expose you to the associated fears. Don’t discount the potential for Resistance just because you don’t write fiction: of the 6 testimonials at the bottom of the page 4 are from nonfiction writers.
I have an innate ability, carefully cultivated, to help people find the right questions to ask themselves. I don’t have the answers for you; your answers are in your head. My talent is to ask questions that lead you to those answers, to help you find your element.
What others say about my ability to help:
I just wanted to take a moment to express my many thanks to you for all of your help and patience as I peppered you with so many questions surrounding ebooks, indie publishing, and writing. I felt I was ready to publish my book, but I had no clue what to do next. After reading numerous helpful posts you had on LinkedIn, I could easily see that you loved what you do and that you enjoyed helping others.
I am so glad I reached out to you with those first few questions, and I am grateful you not only took the time to answer my questions (which very quickly went from a few to a few dozen), but you spent the extra time and went above and beyond to keep answering questions, pointing me to other posts/blogs/groups you thought would be good for me to investigate, suggesting books to help me with writing, and all the while offering a most precious gem of encouragement on top of everything else.
Truly, I cannot thank you enough. You are a wonderful person.
Cheryl Campbell, Burnt Mountain Books
“Thank you so much for all the help and guidance you have provided me over the last year. I never could have done this without you!!!” – Eric Gillman, The Power to Change
The best part of the road map I received yesterday is when Joel wrote: “Your primary goal should be to establish an unbreakable writing habit. If you create a habit it won’t matter if you’ve finished the book during this time or how much progress you’ve made. Creating a habit which you can sustain will get your book done.” I think he’s absolutely right about that and I am endeavoring to create that new permanent habit by writing every morning upon waking.
What Not to Do in Business
Kari Hagensmith, Author
The Girlfriend Will
I share free advice in online forums all the time, and it’s wonderful to hear how it helps. Carolyn was stuck; she had her story’s ending in mind, but the super beginning she was writing kept heading another direction. My advice? Follow the story, don’t force it.
Thanks for the advice Joel. After reading your comment, I went back to my story and let it flow on its own. I was able to move my character from the point of which she was stuck and miraculously achieved a telephone conversation with great dialog. I never outlined the scene or thought about it. It just happened.
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