Yes, now you can write that novel … or start that blog … or publish that manuscript to Kindle … or whatever you’ve been “gonna” do. You’ve been wanting to do it – been thinking about it – for some time. But life has gotten in the way. Or figuring out all the new techie stuff has had you dragging your heels. Or, like me, you’ve run into too many choices; too many decisions – but now we’re both “gonna do it.”
By sharing our similar experiences – and roadblocks – you will (finally) get around to it
Which of these describe you?
- You weren’t born yesterday.
- You’ve achieved success in your career – possibly even retired.
- Your need as a caregiver to someone important in your life has ended.
- Your family is now all grown and gone.
- Your business or your job has changed markedly, freeing up a block of time.
(Full disclosure – That last one describes me. Recently, a magazine I’d been writing two articles for every month, for several years, suddenly decided to save money by bringing that work in-house. OK, the first one describes me, too 🙂 )
Now, for the second part of our little quiz –
- What have you been “gonna do” for some time – but simply haven’t had the time?
- What have you been jotting down notes about? Or bookmarking Web pages about to get back to later?
- Or reading books about?
- Or what have you actually started at some point, with the intent to “really get serious soon as I can”?
For me, it’s this blog. I’ve talked about it with some of you for, what, more than a year. And I’ve collected lots and lots of tips and tons of how-to material. Heck, I could write a book about thinking about writing a blog!
And what reason do we now have to put it off? Not a single one. As I’m writing this, Bob Bly’s Direct Response Newsletter arrived in my in-box with the subject line: “Just do it.” Talk about timely coincidences 🙂
In his newsletter, Bob talks about a man who lost his life during Superstorm Sandy, and cautions that “we don’t have infinite time” to pursue our dreams or even our “gonna-dos.” He adds, “People spend too much time planning and preparing, when they should be doing.”
Ah, that hit me in the solar plexus!
But I have started “doing” – as you can see because you’re reading an actual post on my long-planned blog.
Now it’s your turn to “do it.” Don’t wait until it’s too late.
Write down on a piece of paper or in your favorite note-taking app – This is the project or dream I will now actually DO – because now I can: … And I’ll do it before it’s too late for me – or for my family (perhaps your memoir?).
We’re going to do this together – and here’s how we’ll start . . .
First, since I’ve told you mine, now you can tell me yours. How has your life situation changed so you can pursue a dream or seriously get into a project? And what is it you’ve been gonna do? Have you been thinking about a nonfiction book? Or a first novel? Or do you want to start a blog that can generate income (they call that monetizing it)? Or do you want to get some content from your files into Kindle books or booklets? We’d love it if you could share with us (see the comment box below) your situation and your dream. But if you’re really shy or not quite ready to share, at least write down – or key in somewhere – your responses.
Getting it into fixed form is a critical first step.
Next step – begin three lists:
- What you need to do to actually get started. (e.g., set up a corner workplace; set up physical or computer files; gather together some of the how-to info you’ve been collecting).
- What you need to know and can learn on your own.
- What you’ll need help with.
The “doing” part you can probably start on right away – and with little assistance. But if you would like any suggestions on getting started or organizing stuff, let us know in your comments. I’ll be happy to share what I’ve found to work well – and our Network members will likely be able to contribute their methods and favorite tools.
The learning part you can also get started on right away. But learn from my experience, and limit your study to a specific, limited time each day, or a specific half-day or day every week. Why? Because in today’s Web world, so much information is so easily accessible, that you will soon become a professional student – and NEVER get that project started or that dream underway.
What will you need help with? That’s where this blog comes in. Let us know where you’re getting hung up. What you’re finding frustrating. What you need to know and can’t find the answers to.
How can you find help here?
1. I may be able to draw on my own experiences to provide an answer or possible solution.
2. If your problem is a common one, I can research and post solutions for everyone to benefit from.
3. Other members of our Network, many of whom have likely dealt with the same challenges, can chime in with their suggestions.
4. If any of us know of any tools or sources that would be helpful, we will add them to our Resources page.
And that brings up an important point – and the real point to this post –
That Resources page is blank. (You can find out by clicking on the yellow tag at top of the page.) I didn’t intend it to be empty. Nor did I intend those other pages to be blank. I was waiting to launch until I had content on all those (and more planned) pages. But it was taking longer than I thought to get this all set up. Plus “stuff” kept getting in the way. And now I’ve decided to use a different theme – which will take time to install and use because it’s more complicated.
And I kept planning it – and setting it up. But not “doing” the blog. So I finally, and simply, started “doing.” The revisions and additions will come along gradually – and you can watch and help it grow.
Now it’s your turn. I’ve given you a “round tuit.” Come along and work on your publishing dream or your gonna-do project while I work on this blog. Let’s share together and build together.
What are you going to start doing?
Leave a comment to put it in writing – and if you’d like, share the reason you can now get serious.
(If you want to share what you’ll need help with, tell us so we can start helping.)