As I shared in my last post, my focus for this year is going to be on completion. That focus will necessarily require that I redirect my energy toward my writing (and other lingering projects), and that disengage from some other activities.
If you have been following me for a while, you will have seen a roller coaster of sorts (or, if you prefer – as I do! – a magical journey!). First, this was the website of an up-an-coming, soon-to-be author. It had all the titles I had dreamed up (along with book covers and descriptions!), more information about me, and not much else. I spent a lot of time tinkering with the website and not doing much writing.
Then I thought – hey! I’m a really good editor! I should offer editing services! And so I did, and I had a few very appreciative clients. But, I was charging hardly anything at all, and wanted to offer something more substantial, so I re-branded and started offering packages of editing along with consulting and coaching for accountability, and also giving tips and advice out on writing through #WritingTipWednesday posts, webinars, videos, and my Facebook group dedicated to writing.
In creating my service packages, I figured out and created a process for writing a book in 90 days, and also all the preparation that went into getting started. I gathered all my tools and tricks and the 30-Day Becoming a Writer Challenge organically unfolded. I originally thought would be a free challenge, but as I was in the thick of creating it, realized that it was very comprehensive and as I had spent so much time and resources preparing it, it was actually valuable, and certainly worth more than free. So I released that into the world, and went back to figuring out my writing coaching, consulting, and editing business.
Along the way, I found myself suddenly shooting and posting videos not just on writing, but also motivational videos, usually connected with writing lifestyle, but sometimes not. It felt really great doing that. Somewhere along the way I stopped – I’m not sure why. It was after the sudden loss of my virtual assistant, but not because of that.
This fall, I intended to be my own writing coach and take myself through my own 90-day program to finish one of my own books. I challenged myself to finish writing the book I’ve been working on for over 10 years by December 1. Things went great for the first 5 days… and then life happened. I talk about this in my program – I didn’t have a contingency plan (or maybe I did), and I let life take over. Or maybe it was just a shift in priorities… At any rate, that project got put on hold as well.
So now, after lots of soul searching, I am back to where I started 3 years ago… that of an up-and-coming, soon-to-be author. I no longer want to be the person who starts things and never finishes them. That’s not to say I will never fail again – hardly likely, since this is obviously a huge pattern I need to shift that will require vigilance and lots of internal work. (By the way, there are no failures!) I’m not making any promises, but I will share updates when I’m inspired to do so – and they won’t be marketing or promotion or anything like that. Just a genuine desire to share my journey and process, and the occasional motivational pep talk. 😉
Also, related to that – as of now, I’m not planning on taking any clients in 2017. The Challenge will still be available, but I’m not going to be super involved in it like I would have been in the past. Hopefully this means I’ll have more of my art to share with the world by the end of the year, and this experience will make me an even better consultant and editor – should I choose to continue with that line of work in the future.
If you’re still reading – thanks so much for sticking with me! I would love to hear if you’ve had a similar journey of realization that took you down unexpected paths, only to end up right back where you started. Or – anything else you want to share!
Have a beautiful day and a wonderful week ahead!