This time sucker can stall your writing career.

This number one time sucker can stall your writing career.

I don’t know many writers that have been able to turn their craft into a full time money making profession. The ones that do are most likely the people creating this number one time sucker can stall your writing career. Emails that apply to writers abound. The shocking truth about helpful emails is that if you feel the need to read them all, you will never get anything written. I know they have slowed me down, and I’m desperately trying to get a handle on it.

Heeding to the hallowed advice to just get your butt in the chair is no longer applicable in my life. Does it work in yours? Once said butt is in the chair, are you capable of ignoring this number one time sucker that can stall your writing career? Email is truly at the top of the list of necessary evils and it’s one that is tough to regulate. Email correspondence is not an option in this day and age, it’s a necessity. So how does one open only the five or six important ones and ignore the other thirty that scream, “Open me! I want to help you”? Here’s a small sampling of today’s subjects in my mail box and it’s barely noon.

• Writers: A Must Have for 2016
• New Ways We Can Help You Publish in the New Year
• This Short PDF Will Make You a Better Writer
• How to nurture your book so that it can flourish.
• Free webinar: How to realize your dreams of becoming an author.

Help me, Jesus, not to open them all! These amazing writers are darn good at what they do. They grab our attention with their headline hacks. I’m sure many have read Jon Morrow’s cheat sheet for writing headlines that explode, and we can’t help but open them. We have to at least take a peek at that email that promises to help us become the writers that we long to be. We love what they have to say. They’re advice is sound. Many posts also include snippets of other talented writers’ advice. And only one mouse click away is more important information that applies to you and your career.

The next thing you know, you have five screens open on your web browser. They are all full of excellent advice. They tell you how you too can draw people to your own website or blog. Or how to come up with content that people will want to read. They promise to help you finish that novel that you are working on. But you won’t have a blog or a book if you don’t write. You know you need to close your browser and get to work. However, you don’t want to lose this insightful information, so you subscribe to yet another website or blog. Now there is one more smart and talented author, blogger, or coach that is going to send you more great advice that you don’t have the time to read. What is a writer that aspires to make a living, one that affords them more than a rented room and beans and rice for sustenance, to do?

I’m still trying to figure this one out folks. If you can offer me any helpful advice, please post a comment on my blog. For the love of God, don’t send me an email that will take me to another helpful website that I don’t have the time to look at it. I’ve got my butt in the chair. And at least I managed to finish this post.

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