Adapting Day by Day

It’s been a month now since I made the fully fledged commitment to go back to writing as more than just a hobby for my free time. I won’t lie, there have been some rough patches. First, there was the overabundance of information available on self-publishing. I’m just like any other would-be writer and introvert – I’m a fan of rabbit holes. But this particular rabbit hole was more like an entire warren – think Watership Down and then multiply, by like a lot.

One of the most productive pieces of advice I have found in trying to test the waters of the new written world I’m finding myself in is to build an audience. Now, as a very firm introvert, this can be a bit difficult (and tomorrow’s blog will be a shares-ie with Confessions of an Introvert about this very problem). In my research, I found two platforms to try, Wattpad and Booksie. And, because I have close to 30 completed works (or, at the very least, the rough draft is completed ) I thought (foolishly in retrospect) why not try both at the same time??

My first week felt like two. I couldn’t believe that I survived editing, posting, and following through on both stories for an entire week. The second week was much the same, with some benefits of winning a Sci-Fi award on Wattpad and earning several bronze badges on Booksie for total reads. Things were looking up, maybe I wasn’t crazy, maybe I could do this. Then reality decided to knock me over with a baseball bat. Multiple times over.

Part of what pushed me to go back to writing was the time lost last year to my own battle with COVID-19. I am now a part of what is referred to as “long haulers”, and while I am far better off than I was nearly a year ago, there are still VERY bad days. I had back to back to back bad days due to working in the cold for up to 6 hours a day, and my writing suffered. This week, I made an effort not to let myself fall into the same patterns, to protect my health, but even then, I needed a week of recovery, and, again, my writing suffered.

Now, completely snowed in without a place to go (and no Starbucks!!), I can truly take a deep breath, regroup, and then let myself focus on my writing. If there is one thing that COVID taught me, it’s that I need to be adaptable. COVID “flares”, as I call them, don’t tend to always come with a warning. Work doesn’t always tell me in advance when I’m going to be faced with a 14 hour day and a 60+ hour week. But these last two weeks have taught me something too. Writing needs to remain adaptable. Those of us who are would-be writers, we do not stay would-be writers because we lack the drive to become more. We stay would-be writers because sometimes life just happens, and all we can do is learn to roll with the punches.

This would-be writer is determined to change my fate – and it helps that the Brave sound track is up on my Pandora play list right now. If I can learn to be adaptable when it comes to my body and long haul COVID, then I can learn to be adaptable when it comes to when I shut out the world and just WRITE. And the more I write, the more I can focus on something more – PUBLISHING. So little by little, bit by bit, I can become a would-be author, and then, a bonafide author.

For now, I’m going to make my self some hot chocolate, watch the snow for a bit, and then just let my thoughts go – for I know they will take me back to my current works in progress. And for today, that will be enough.

Until next time –


Published by L.E. Gibler

Writer, rider, and future crazy cat lady

One thought on “Adapting Day by Day

  1. It’s so awesome that you’re taking the steps to reach your literary goals. I myself am taking those small steps day by day. It’s the only thing within our control, really. Wishing you all the best for your creative endeavours!

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