Lately I’ve been thinking about how it’s easy for me to get overloaded by information about writing. I’ve lost track of how many writing newsletters I receive, how many writing blogs to which I subscribe and how many listservs I’ve joined.
The sources of incoming information in my inbox are in the triple digits. All of these sources provide helpful tools, ideas and great information. I find myself wanting to soak up every last bit of info so that I can be a successful writer. But there comes a point when it’s just too much. In an attempt to take in all the information, I lose my sense of direction for what’s important to me in my writing.
Solution: In a moment of clarity the other night, I realized that I need to construct my personal Writing Board of Directors — the people that advise me (either in person or through their books, blogs, newsletters) on how to go about my writing life.
- I’m looking at the board as a group of “senpais” to use the Japanese word for one who has gone before you, who is an expert or a mentor.
- Just as board members in corporations or non-profits change, so can my board members. The board will be limited to four members. If someone new is coming in, then an existing board member’s tenure is up (although they could come back for another term when needed).
Introducing my writing board:
- Kelly James-Enger for her thoughts and advice on the business of writing.
- Sage Cohen for her thoughts on productivity and writerly organization.
- Christina Katz for her thoughts on building a platform.
- Michelle Rafter for her approach to creating a writing community.
Wish me luck. It’s going to take some heavy lifting to keep me focused. But I know the effort will be worth it.
Do you find it difficult to handle the information overload? Who’s on your writing board of directors?