I’ve been bouncing around the internet checking on writer blogs, publishing blogs and just general frivolity blogs. I’ve been reading posts on everything from the digital age writer to writer integrity to the pressures writers are feeling in this new age of publishing. *sigh* It’s so much to take in.

There is just so much to do. I like blogging. I like hanging out on twitter and facebook. Heck, I’ve even become enanmored with pinterest. But man, do they become a time suck. And you know, half the time when I’m visiting those sites I feel like I’m marketing even when I’m trying not to. I’ve lost the ability to just hang out, have a margarita and talk about nothing. Nothing. I don’t mean in real life, I mean on the internet.

Sometimes I feel like I’ve become one of those writers who walk into a social media room and no one makes virtual eye contact because even an innocuous conversation about soda consumption in the US evolves into eating sweets which of course I can segue right into a pitch about the kinky sex scene involving whipped cream and ginger root (yeah, google that one) in my newest release. Okay, no, I’m not that bad, but you get the idea.

It’s all so overwhelming. And oh yeah, I actually have readers (bless all three of you) clamoring for another new book which means I need to sit down and write. A scene. A chapter. A new story. But there’s so much to do! So many places to be and so much to do when I get there. (I won’t even tell you what fun I’ve been having with Amazon this week which has sapped all my energy–you’ll get that story next week when it’s resolved.)

I don’t like it. I want to sit down at the computer and not feel like I have ADD … Author Data Deluge

I had the pleasure of meeting a woman this week who has become a major player in the world of publishing. And you know how she did it? By not marketing. Not always trying to sell something. She did it just by being her sweet, quirky, effervescent self. Now big name authors, large review sites and heck yeah, television personalities are clamoring to meet her. (And small time authors want to be her.) In this case it wasn’t luck that skyrocketed her, but just a sincerity that showed through even the flat screen of the internet.

I think she’s got something there. It made me sit back and think. I just need to let the books out there percolate and move forward with something new. Stop worrying about selling and take time, focus on one of the stories sitting partially done and just write. Something. Anything. I’ve got to stop feeling so panicked about sales of already published books and find the joy of creating something new.

How about you? How goes it? How are you defining your success these days?

15 Responses to And Success Is ….

  • Success for me is if I can get anything down on the page. 🙂

  • If I add to my WIP, I consider it a successful day. I strive to write everyday and I feel bad when I don’t.

    My husband would call it a successful day when I come home from work and haven’t announced that I’ve quit my paying job! 🙂

    Yep – blogging, Facebook, Twitter are all time sucks (I like that ADD thing). If it weren’t for work being so slow so I could blog, I’m afraid of how little I might write at night. Of course, once I get into my story, I don’t want to do anything else! I gotta keep reminding myself of that.

    • Stacy – I love your husband’s definition of success! I don’t know how you manage to write around a job. I admire everyone who manages that. Here’s to another successful day for you!

  • Wow, Nina, what a post. Blows me away – and so very very true.

  • I was talking about this same topic with a friend this week, and her very relevant comment was, “It’s interesting to realize that because of technology, you can spend more time promoting yourself than you would have a number years ago when there weren’t blogs, etc. So in this case, technology detracts from the actual writing.”

    • Paula – This is so true. It’s so easy to get lost in the marketing component and completely lose track of the fact that without sitting down to write books, we’ll have nothing to market. And yeah, the more technology expands the more we feel the need to keep up with it. I know several authors with apps. I can’t even imagine going there right now. But I have no doubt it’s something to consider.

  • Great post, Nina! I love the word “sincerity”…..so important, always in all things. Including writing.

    • Penelope – Readers enjoy getting to know a favorite author. It’s the author who can “be themselves” that will truly connect with their readers. Thanks so much for stopping by.

  • Nina, Great blog. I’m thinking about going back to dial-up so the net is not so handy. I’ve always thought if myself as an introvert (loving my privacy) but also friendly (the person who can start a conversation up with you while waiting in the grocery line). God help me, FB and Twitter is like an endless line. I’ve made so many friends, and I’m truly interested in what they have to say and how I can help them. I guess I need to set a timer and only come out for recess.

    • Autumn – Oh that’s it. I love the analogy! I’m faaaar from an introvert and will talk with the hotel maid in the hallway. When it’s all said and done I can tell you how many kids she has and when her first grandchild is due. And yeah, the internet is just a long series of endless conversations with friends. *sigh* I really do think I’m going to have to get a writing computer that doesn’t hook to the internet.

  • I feel ya, Nina! I’ve come to that same conclusion–just gotta sit down and write and let the rest work itself out! That is, after I check SSS and Facebook 😉

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