Time has a tendency of moving forward whether or not we are ready. I know this because, recently, I turned sixty and I’ll be damned if I have a clue where all that time went. It seems longer than a blink of an eye, but not by much.
Being an author is kind of like that. I’ve come to realize that writing—being an author—is one of those things that just happens to go by and you don’t really know where the time went.
I just realized that I have been writing consistently for over ten years. I have completed six novels and have no idea where the time went. Don’t get me wrong; the work has been out of love and passion. It takes me to places and times that I could never enjoy any other way. It affords me the ability to dream and laugh and even cry instead of living a mind-numbed existence, watching television.
However, with writing, as in life, there are pauses that need to be managed. Maybe you just finished your first novel. Maybe you are waiting to hear from a publisher or editor or even an agent. If that is the case, what do you do?
Frankly, I never had a problem with work. Whether it was my day job or developing my writing career. It didn’t matter. Give me a job and something to focus on and I’m a happy camper.
But when something is done and the job is over, you need to have something else to fall back on. Get ready for another story to be told. Pick up a book that will teach you how to overcome an obstacle. Never give yourself the excuse that you can afford to take a day off from doing what you are passionate about. Never allow yourself the luxury of believing that tomorrow is a better day to get started doing something new.
Today is your day to begin a new project. Today is your day to learn how to be a better writer. Today is the most important day of your life and nothing…I mean nothing…will stop you from being a better person, a more accomplished author (or whatever your goals might be) than the one you are now living.
Be that one person in a million that decides to do what is right for you.