STAY COMMITTED TO YOUR DECISIONS,
BUT STAY FLEXIBLE IN YOUR APPROACH.
This is something I've taken to heart lately. My goal for many (many!) years was to have a novel traditionally published, sitting out there on the shelves of major bookstores. Pretty much everything I did - and didn't do - was toward this goal. Plowing forward, head down in determination, I kept going. It has been a long, rough, heart-breaking road - and I'm still not there yet.
But, recently, I stopped and looked up, taking in my surroundings. The world has changed. So has technology. And the publishing industry. And me. I've changed to the point where I now realize my true goal is not the novel on the shelves. It's wanting to move people, affect them, with my words, characters, and stories the way I was - and still am - by what I read.
Now, don't get me wrong. The idea of the traditionally published novel is not gone for good. I've still got my eye on that prize, believe me. But it has shifted from being the goal to being one way of achieving the true goal. And you know what? There are a number of ways to get my words and my work out there - traditional publishing, self-publishing, e-books, apps, and some new ways we don't even know about yet. And I'm not restricted to novels - novellas, short stories, flash, twitter fic, poems, essays and blog posts - are more ways to give people what I've been given.
So, this week, let's try not to get too stuck in one way of doing something, of achieving that dream, of getting that goal. Join me in stopping for a moment and looking around, taking it all in, seeing what's new and exciting and...possible.