10 Day Freedom Plan Blog Challenge – DAY 1

10 Day Freedom Plan Blog Challenge

DAY 1 – Finding Your Focus

Because I need to get more writing time in, especially where my blog is concerned, I decided to try a blogging challenge to get a kick-start at it. This one is presented by Suitcase Entrepreneur, Natalie Sisson.

So – let’s get to it!

The Day 1 Challenge is to take some time to think about my biggest challenges, list a couple of them, and then write a few lines about why I think they’re holding me back.

  1. I’m so disorganized: I can come up with a billion topics to write about. Then I pick one, then doubt it is the correct one, and wind up spinning my wheels getting nothing done instead of just making a list and ticking them off one by one. By the time I’m ready to write, I have a ton of topics, zero research, and nothing but …
  2. Uncertainty: I put this one second though I think it is the heart of my problems. I let fear hold me back in a lot of areas, despite knowing I have nothing to be afraid of except failing to start. From finding clients to choosing the words to say, fear causes me to second guess a lot and do very little.
  3. Challenge 3: I can’t decide on my niche(s). I want to write about whatever comes to mind. End result – I wind up back at Challenge 1 with next to nothing getting done.

There you have it. One big bucket of stumbling writosis. I believe these challenges are conquerable, I just have to keep pushing until I can get past them. It will happen.

Till next time!

This blog post is in response to Natalie’s 10 Day Freedom Plan Blog Challenge Day 1

Natalie’s 10 Day Freedom Plan Blog Challenge

  4 comments for “10 Day Freedom Plan Blog Challenge – DAY 1

  1. September 14, 2016 at 11:42 pm

    I like the honesty. Going through this 1st challenge is hard for me too. Seeing myself point things out is hard because im telling myself i”f you know what you’re doing wrong wht didnt you fix it???”

    • September 14, 2016 at 11:50 pm

      Exactly, Daryl.

      I think the problem comes in when we try to fix it, but for whatever reason, the attempt fails (or we fail in the attempt). Then we go back to square one looking for the next thing to try, having more hope for success but a little less likely to leap.

  2. Janet Burton
    September 15, 2016 at 10:39 pm

    Love your post and I am right there with you. I know how scary it can be, trust me, I am quitting my day job on November 11 to dedicate myself to full time writing. I agree that second guessing can be really counter productive. Something I read said to just write and not edit at the same time, write what you feel and are passionate about, write authentically, and then come back and edit. I am trying that now, I have several blog posts in holding pattern (for editing/enhancing) and this really helps. It is hard to keep the “editor” quiet at first but it feels very liberating to just write and latter come back and refine for the audience you intend to reach.

    • September 15, 2016 at 10:53 pm

      Thank you, Janet. While I’m not happy that this is a common problem for writers, it’s comforting to know that others are working to overcome it as I am. Kudos on setting a date to make the leap. I am hoping that it won’t be much longer before I am able to make that leap too, but with a new bundle of joy due in April, I may have to keep it as a side thing until I get my feet under me.
      It is so hard to keep from editing as I write. I spot things out of the corner of my eye and the next thing I know, I’ve rewritten the same paragraph a dozen times and made no progress beyond that. May we all learn to let our perfectionist selves go play among the lilies until such time as they can come back and beat the snot out of our prose!

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