I took August Birch’s free email course called the Free 7-Day, Email Masterclass for Indie Writers and Creators. The point, of course, is to build your own tribe or list of Medium followers and let them know when you publish.
Although I wasn’t new to email lists it had been a long time since I’d put a new one together. The refresher was truly helpful. Plus he has some unique ideas I appreciated.
Now the theory is you can get it all done in seven days, at least after you’ve written an email course of your own to use as a gift to subscribers. I decided to create mine by rewriting a giveaway with a whole new focus, and it didn’t really take me long at all. In fact, I was well on my way to finish in a couple of weeks. At that point I thought my biggest problem would be going back and putting the signup link on older Medium stories.
My websites were hacked
My sites, yes, all of them were hacked — infected with malware and my host insisted I take them down. But this isn’t a story about that so much as a story about persisting even as things get in the way.
Now, for the course I needed a website or somewhere people can signup. And suddenly I didn’t have one. I went through all stages of grief re my sites I think. It took me really about a month weeks to sort through the mess and get one of my sites up and running well enough to give me a place to put my signup form so you could sign up for my ecourse.
In addition to the work that was going into the sites, I also polished my course, uploaded it to the autoresponder, knowing I’d eventually get all the pieces working again, and I did. Instead of a week or two getting everything working took closer to six weeks before I could launch.
Writing requires persistence
Persistence and discipline look a lot alike when you’re writing. You can watch the words work their way from your mind to your fingers and appear on the page. Pretty nifty, actually. Not easy, but a skill you can learn and develop.
Building a skill like writing requires persistence. When these days I re-read something I wrote ages ago I’m sometimes embarrassed by what actually got published. On the other hand I can see how much improvement I’ve made. Improvement is a gift of persistence.
I haven’t written every day, but I don’t think I’ve gone a week without writing. That’s a lot of practice and persistence. That discipline if you will, is now baked into my being. Writing is what I do. Not the only thing, but a major thing.
Over time what I write has changed. So has the physical way I write — I started with typewriters and correction fluid for darn sake. Without the persistence, the discipline I might have quit in tears over my first computer, or any other of places where life went awry.
I wasn’t born knowing how to be persistent, or maybe we are, come to think of it. Babies can be terribly insistent, which in itself is a kind of persistence isn’t it. Maybe I was able to hang on, or more likely, reactivate that ability to keep on keeping on.
You certainly can lead a wonderful life without making writing or other creative action your career. But if writing is what you truly want to do the sooner you accept the need for persistence and teach yourself how to be persistent the quicker you’re likely to be successful.
Write well and often,
Go ahead, sign up for this free ecourse called 4 Secrets of Making Your Writing Pay. There’s a lot to be learned in these six lessons.