Monday Motivation: You can do it.

You can do it!

I don’t often use this blog purely for motivation, but I wanted to share an encouraging story from my recent writing experience with you.

I was thinking back on the moment I decided to leap into writing fiction last year, and how grateful I am that I took the leap and gave it a go (as mentioned in my last post). If you’re considering publishing your work, starting a blog, or sharing your thoughts online, I want to encourage you to do it. Success is totally possible – you just need to decide what success is for you.

The best thing you can do is set your goals realistically wherever you’re writing. When I first hit ‘publish’ on Amazon, I wondered if anyone would take notice of my work. I had pretty moderate success up front, so a few months down the line, I decided that I’d rather have people reading my work than wait for some miraculous media coverage to drive heaps of people to buy my book. Based on that, I decided success would be a bunch of people downloading my book for free. After setting Mrs Milliard’s Mech to perma-free on Amazon I’ve achieved that goal, and it’s really built up my confidence to keep writing. In no way am I claiming that I’ve arrived; there are so many things I want to achieve in my writing. But by setting an achievable goal, I was able to get on my journey and keep my motivation up.

I know that a lot of people who read my blog are writers seeking to get noticed or make their way in the self-publishing world – and that’s a tough space to be in! I love the feeling of having my work out there, but I’ve had to put in a lot of work to build a platform that gets my work in front of people. Many days I still battle with doubts and discouragement. I want to leave you with this thought, though: Every story that we find memorable involves adversity. When you think back on the classic villains, obstacles, and challenges that dot the stories you love, it becomes obvious that without a challenge, there wouldn’t be a triumph. So what’s the challenge you’re looking at in your writing today?

Whatever it is, you can overcome it.

You can do it.

One response to “Monday Motivation: You can do it.”

  1. Adam says:

    Great thoughts, especially for a Monday morning where that silly Phil just doesn’t want to give any good news regarding the future of our winter…

    It’s easy as a budding author to want to give up quite often, considering how slow growing an audience can move…remembering to think about those smaller successes is the perfect way to keep your energy up.

    Good luck and keep writing!

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