a blog for where I’m at today
This has been a crazy month, and I’m nowhere near where I thought I would be on my goals.
One thing that has progressed, whether I’m there or not, is my Write It Forward Class with Bob Mayer. I started the class with the idea that I would figure out a plan for where I should go as an author. What I really wanted was for Bob to hand me a list and a plan and say, “Go get ’em!”
Well, that’s kind of what happened.
Actually, as Bob says, no one can plan your career but you. So my hopes of having a plan are still hanging on me, myself and I.
And that’s good. Why should I hand my life over to someone else’s check list? Why shouldn’t I decide what should go on the check list?
Turns out what I really needed wasn’t a plan from someone else, it was the “Go get ’em!”
And Bob delivered.
I’ll be going over his lessons many times over the next year as I try to figure out this crazy publishing business and my goals. Do I really want what I think I want? What should I be writing? And is self-publishing a realistic way to go? What about my publisher? What about my next book?
None of it is easy, but I’m the only one who can answer those questions.
Meanwhile, I have to share some Bob-isms. His dry sense of humor is sprinkled throughout the lessons and I now have started keeping a list on the refrigerator to remind me to face my fears and “JUMP!”
“Not taking charge of your career will doom you.”
“Write what you are afraid of.”
“Saying I can’t is really saying I won’t.”
“There is no 99% when jumping out of an airplane.”
Are you waiting for someone to help you figure out your career? Who is going to be better at that then you? While you’re waiting for your white knight, how are you spending your time?
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