You don't need an expert to tell you that writing is hard. It takes a lot of work. You already know that.
You know what you DO need someone to tell you? That writing (and yes, even marketing) can be fun.
(Yes, that's right. I said fun.)
Yes, it's important for us to have discipline. It's important for us to sit down and do the work.
But it's also important for us to have fun.
A whole lot of it.
Writing your first draft can be exhausting. There's a reason authors love the quote, "Writing is easy. You just open a vein and bleed."
(Fun fact: this saying is usually attributed to Hemingway, but according to The Web, it was probably first used by a sports writer in the '40s.)
If you've been around the Successful Writer community for any length of time, you've seen that I LOVE talking to authors about how to be more productive. In fact, I have a whole book and full-length course on the subject!
But you know what?
Productivity for productivity's sake is JUST BUSYWORK.
If our writing isn't also accompanied by a sense of curiosity, wonder, and playfulness, we're at risk of burning out and/or just being unhappy in our creative careers.
So don't throw out that day planner, don't give up tracking your daily word counts, but think of one thing today you can do to bring a sense of playfulness into your writing and you'll find yourself happier, more creative, and more satisfied with your work.
(And hey, your readers just might enjoy your writing more too.)
To your success!