I have a love-hate relationship with Scrivener. The irony is here I sit on the program, writing out this very blog, so this must be the love part. I have no regrets, it was $20 well spent (The $40 was discounted because I finished a Nanowrimo story. YAY! Me!) It’s not perfect, I still have a lot to learn, but it has helped revolutionize the way I pre-write…and write depending on what I’m doing.
I am writing this blog, because I’ve noticed in the last few months, I’ve not bought as many actual fiction books, I could be that my physical shelves, and digital shelves are filled with books, but I’ve purchased a ton of writing reference books, self-help books, and productivity books. I’ve also done a couple of online courses on novel, writing and productivity.
Not that I want to discredit any great authors, even writers that have made it and are trying to teach other up-and-comings the way, but also have bills to pay. It is noble to pave the way and then teach the next line trailblazers, but I don’t want to talk about them right now. I want to talk about me. (It may have sounded selfish but I have a lot of thoughts about this.)
As one of my favorite life coaches, Asha Tyson said, depression is expensive. (I’m paraphrasing) After our life-changing free phone conversation about taking the leap into publishing (I did. I took one of my any rough manuscripts, edited it, and self published it), then came the sales pitch, a $2,000 mentorship program.Of course I couldn’t afford it. That is a lot of coin. Though I’m sure people would pay it. Who wouldn’t want a someone that made it as a self-help author mentor them. Then again there was that small voice that said, if you have truly “made it” where do you get off charging people those kinds of prices, and then give you the whole “investing in yourself” spiel. Again, not knocking those that invest in their businesses and dreams, or those that are living their dreams, and helping others.
That certainly wasn’t the first offer like that I’ve had. It seems like every mentor I talked to about my struggles in writing had a $200, $500, or in the thousands mentor program and people do pay for these classes, and they do offer a lot of great things. I am also speaking about the books. There is great books out there, and there are not so great. There is a market, for writer anxiety, that I never thought about until recently. The question is, how much are you willing to pay, for your writing A-ha! Moment? You pay for the mentor, because let’s face it, time is money. I’m sorry if I sound cynical, I’m not trying to be.
Earlier this year I got the honor of beta testing the amazing Ms. Kelsey Browning’s Big Creative Project class. I absorbed a lot, and had a lot of Aha! Moments. Was it worth the pricetag? For the time, and mentorship of an amazing professional absolutely. It has helped, though I still believe I have a long way to go. I am still learning how to deal with my anxiety, and more importantly how deal with my publisher’s deadlines, and self editing my ton of rough manuscripts. Not to mention the editing, that runs in the $200 and above price range.
With that said, there is a ton of these programs,resources and books. You do want to make sure that it is money well spent. Even if it is none at all.
Big fan of author zoo and I have a lot of her worksheets on my office wall. I recommend her workbooks and etsy worksheets. I highly recommend her for fiction writers.