Yesterday I went to the Heart of Dixie’s first meeting of the year. We had a lot of business to cover because we missed our January meeting due to snow conditions (in AL!). Afterward we were treated to a great discussion about the creative brain and how to keep our brains in gear for writing. So many things can impact our creativity: lack of sleep, health conditions, hormones, medications and stress. Even the published author who shared her information to us had her own story of how she had to battle to regain her writing mojo after losing her thyroid to thyroid cancer. Wow. But she did it. If she could battle back to regain her desire to write every day, then I feel even more inspired to keep my fingers on the keyboard.
Sure, there’s not a lot of money in it (read zero for now) and the publishing industry is suffering from the economic meltdowns so there aren’t a lot of doors opening right now for new writers, BUT the doors are still there.
After the meeting was adjourned and we had put up the tables and chairs, I was happy to talk with other authors, published and unpublished, about their experiences and their plans for the future. I came away from that meeting feeling energized and more than ready to keep pursuing my dream. For you see, if I just keep swimming in the low tide and wait patiently for the next wave to come in, I will be ready. If I quit now because the tide is low and I am not getting anywhere, well too bad for me when I do miss the next wave.
I have reevaluated my writing goals and I believe I’ve made some wise decisions for this year. I am taking control of the things I can control and letting the stuff I can’t control go out of my mind. I cannot control the ePublishing industry, iPad, Amazon, publishing, the business. None of it. I can control writing, learning my craft, submitting and entering contests. Based on what I learned yesterday, I believe I don’t need to be in a hurry to set up a web page or create an Internet presence beyond my blogging.
After all, what am I promoting? Nothing. Yet. But I will do the following: I will continue blogging, sending in articles to the two chapter newsletters and obtain a domain name for when that time arrives.
Another thing I will do is maintain a patient attitude about the end result. I have one wonderful book out there. I’m proud of it. I have another book I want to revise and make stronger for the CR market. I have a fourth MS that I’m writing for the sheer joy of telling the characters’ story. And I have another CR, ST that I will write as well. During the summer, I will begin processing my YA idea. I am rewarding myself with that book. I’ve wanted to write this one for a while, but I am still seeking a credible plot. I have the idea and the method of execution firm in my mind, but the plot must be strong enough to stand alone and be part of a larger series.
Stay tuned. Writing is a game I love to play. I am never setting aside my passion for this craft. It brings me joy and pain; friends and comrades; highs and lows. The process is a wrenching and excruciating ecstasy. I will not surrender my dream just because the world is not aligned with it today.