Writing and Discouragement

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Yesterday I began writing here at HubPages again after a long hiatus. It's not that I haven't been writing anything. I've been working on some projects for my various sites.

But I haven't been writing enough. Not enough for my business. Not enough for just the sheer pleasure of writing.

I had high hopes of getting a lot of writing done in the past year. But the hopes didn't materialize into much actual writing. I feel a lot like the picture here ... locked in a grey, dingy room looking out over beautiful scenery but not part of it.

Discouragement and Distraction

For some reason I've allowed myself to become discouraged in my writing.

I'm not sure of all the reasons, but the biggest one is that I allowed myself to get distracted from actually writing. I've been so busy learning about writing better copy, building better websites, doing keyword research, SEO, etc. that I've failed to get down to the actual writing.

Putting words on the page.

Telling stories.

Sharing knowledge.

It's kind of a catch 22. I want to build an income from information products, sharing what I've learned over 5 decades. But there is so much more than just putting together the words. The promotion is an area that I've really struggled to learn. And it's taken me away from the actual work that I want to do -- write!

The Cure

So, what's a boy to do?

Well, this is my plan. Write. I'm going to write every day. If I don't feel like writing something for one of my websites then I'll write something for fun.

Maybe I'll write here at HubPages. Maybe somewhere else. Maybe not even online.

But I will write. Maybe an article for one of my sites. Perhaps a funny short story. Or a new chapter for a book. No matter what, I'll write. Maybe more than once a day. Hopefully more than once a day!

I will be intentional about it. I won't wait until I feel like it. I won't worry if I don't feel inspired. I'll just write.

If I write every day I won't have to be discouraged about not writing. Sure, I'll probably get discouraged from time to time about where the results are going. But I don't want to be discouraged by my lack of writing any more.

I won't sit in the dingy, grey room anymore... I'm stepping outside.

So I will write!

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