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I started following a few too many experts on Twitter and it completely threw off the feng shui of my writing world.
I was moving along with a full head of steam on my book, and then a growing concern over branding, niche-finding and platform building gave rise to doubts . . . and the steam went right out of me. And I know it’s because of lending too much ear to the experts.
Now, these experts all have good things to say. (Otherwise, I would not be reading them). But I’ve seen this happen to lots of people and now I’ve had a brush with it myself. You get so wrapped up in theory of how BEST to do something that you never actually get around to doing it.
I am reminded of an acquiantance who could spout parenting philosophies in great detail but was not a very good parent. Her eyes were so fixed on studying the very best opinions that she paid absolutely no attention to her children. She talked a good game, though.
A parent is one who parents. A teacher is one who teaches. A writer is one who writes. To be an expert in any of these is laudable, but it’s not the same as DOING the hard work of it.
I’m back home and back on track. Hope you are the same.