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Paul Anthony Shortt

Let’s be honest, this writing thing is hard work. The hours are long. The job is lonely. We have to sacrifice a lot just for the mere chance of having someone read our stuff. And there are no guarantees. The industry is in such a massive state of flux that it’s all but impossible to even come up with a reliable career plan.

It can get you down. I can’t remember the last time I actually relaxed on my lunch hour, or went to bed without picking apart some scene or plot arc in my head. I’ve watched sales figures, desperate for any positive activity. I’ve waited on feedback from editors, or a response from an agent. I’m almost always working; either coming up with ideas, writing, or thinking of revisions. And I know many of you reading this are the same, and find it all just as daunting as I do.

When you feel down about your career, remember that you’re not alone. And, as the article suggests, tale a break. Do something else besides writing, editing, or promoting. I’m hardly one to talk here, and I can already picture certain people telling me to follow my own advice, but the fact is we need balance. We need to recharge, and we can’t do that if we’re sat at our computers getting ever more stressed at a blank page.

Then, when you’re ready to get back in action, remember that every problem you face as an author has a solution. All you need to do is look in the right place and decide the solution that works best for you.

The three biggest obstacles, I find, the things that take the biggest toll on me, mentally and emotionally, are dealing with any kind of writer’s block (which always hits me right in the middle of revisions, for some reason), and trying to manage both time and stress.

Here are some wise words from successful authors, on how they deal with the big bad monster that is writer’s block.

And some sound advice on coping with stress, which is essential no matter what you’re trying to achieve in life.

Finally, some time management tips. Because I genuinely believe we all have the time we need to get the work done, and it’s just a matter of prioritising things in the way that allows to give time to the things we need and want in our lives.

And remember, despite what you might hear about it being a bad time to be an author, it could be worse. We have it pretty good these days, and we have enough things to worry about, so let’s not get hung up on whether or not we chose the right career.

If you’re thinking of setting up a blog or have one already, here are a list of  the 10 Biggest Problems Bloggers Face and How to Tackle Them – avoid the pitfalls to make life a little easier!

(c) Paul Anthony Shortt

About the author

Paul Anthony Shortt believes in magic and monsters; in ghosts and fairies, the creatures that lurk under the bed and inside the closet. The things that live in the dark, and the heroes who stand against them. Above all, he believes that stories have the power to change the world, and the most important stories are the ones which show that monsters can be beaten.
Paul’s work includes the Memory Wars Trilogy and the Lady Raven Series. His short fiction has appeared in the Amazon #1 bestselling anthology, Sojourn Volume 2.



Twitter: @PAShortt

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