I am often asked things like: Is it hard constantly coming up with new ideas? Do the crazy hours get to you? Is it hard to meet deadlines, especially as an indie with no one to hold you accountable? Is it hard to market yourself?
The answer to most of these is “no.” It isn’t hard to come up with new ideas, it’s hard deciding which ones I should use and which ones belong on the chopping block. The “crazy hours” are a choice for me. I could write a little more in the afternoons or mornings, but honestly, the ideas flow easiest in the dark hours of the night. I can meet a deadline, I work better with them, even self-imposed deadlines. I actually like deadlines, it gives me a goal. Yes, I missed one this past month, but that was do to health problems with my father. Yes, it’s hard to market myself, I don’t even like to talk about myself, let alone “sell” myself.
However, these are not the hardest things about writing. For me, the hardest part is sticking to it. Sometimes, my brain and body don’t exactly seem to be on the same page. My brain wants to do one thing, my body another. For example today, my body wanted a nap, my brain wanted to write. Then my brain got on the “nap time” train and my body decided it was time for a snack. Eventually, my brain won out and I took a nap. When I woke up, I wrote two thousand words. Then I had to darts, so I didn’t write anything more today, but my goal was met, so it wasn’t a big deal. I did not give into snack time, but I did have nap time.
The world is better with nap time anyway. 🙂