I’ve just spent another forty-five minutes watching a free video about writing. The information is great, and I love being part of a writer’s community. But I spend so much time reading e-mails, watching videos, and taking notes on ideas to try that it leaves little time to actually write. Even worse, sometimes I get sucked into a paid course that promises fame, fortune, and great wealth.

So what to do? Do I just quit looking and ignore all the information that is out there? Unsubscribe from all mailing lists? Spend even more hours slogging through everything that comes my way? Sorry, I don’t actually have the answer.

The information overload that’s available is due to authors trying to get noticed. Everyone is trying to add value to their brand. The more you read from a particular author, the more you will be apt to recommend his or her work, hopefully causing you and everyone you know to buy that author’s book. Books are sold, the author makes money, the world continues to go round and round.

Quite frankly, I’ve spent more on learning to market and write my books than I’ve made by selling them. Is this a bad thing? Not really. I have to remind myself why I started to write in the first place. I write for the fun of it. I enjoy creating a world and allowing others to experience it too.

Would I like to make some real money? You bet! There is something validating about getting paid for a story you wrote. It makes you feel like the work has value. The honest truth is, you have to sell a lot of books to ever get compensated for the time put in. So how many books do you have to sell? Hundreds? Thousands? Try a hundred thousand.

Well, that was depressing.

So…just give up? Not at all. The thrill is still there for each and every book sold. I am going to keep watching videos, keep learning, and keep writing. My suggestion is to pick a couple of writers to learn from, absorb all you can from them, and keep learning.

Scheduling a certain amount of time for learning and time for writing helps. I write before reading email on most days, otherwise, I never get to the writing.