Summer time and the living is…

Summertime and the living is…

In the song, the end of the line above is ‘easy’. In a writer’s life this is not always the case.

A little over a month ago I finished an amazing business bootcamp course. It was 40 hours spread over 10 weeks. Lots of information and exercises to make me re-think what I wanted out of my writing career.

Prior to this course I had myself convinced I was doing everything I needed to do to get my writing career off the ground. I was dedicated, or so I thought. I was doing all I could to get it going. It wasn’t my fault things beyond my control were slowing me down. Boy, did I find out that was not the case.

By the end of the 10 weeks I realized the only person who had control of my writing career was me. I was the one in the driver’s seat, the one with her foot on the gas pedal. If the road I was on was not getting me to where I wanted to be then, I had to make changes to my route.

It was hard to make some of the changes, scary really. I didn’t want to make people angry at me – some of the changes involved relationship modifications with friends and family. Nor did I want to ask for help – I didn’t want to be a burden on someone who was already busy. But I knew I had to make some tough business decisions, and I did.

Fast-forward one month, I feel I am further along the path than I’d made it over the last 3 years.

I thank my lucky stars every day for the social media post that steered me in the direction of the course. It gave me the information and the push I needed to get serious.

I will be forever grateful to the person I reached out to for help. Without her kindness and understanding, and of course the tough love kick in the A$$, I may have had all the information I needed to move forward, but would still be stuck in insanity mode – trying to get different results doing the same thing.

About Linda O'Toole

Women's Fiction Author
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