The excitement continues to grow as my publishing day inches closer! I finished round #1 of final edits, formatting, and style proofing. When I set my goal one year ago, the finish lined wasn’t even in sight.
Getting over the first hump of being able to write anything after a few years was more than a challenge. I wasn’t motivated and I was tired from working my many other projects. Stories were pushed into a dark corner of my mind. I didn’t know if I was going to write again.
Watching other people share their success stories and how they just published another book should have encouraged me but it had the opposite effect. Instead of giving up, I decided to put myself through writing therapy but it was of my own design. Inch by inch I shifted my focus and took my eye off overnight success stories. I zeroed my attention to a few words, then a few sentences, and then a few paragraphs.
Entire books were broken down into bite sized chapters that removed the pressure of an entire novel. Maybe this is a little Marie Kondo, but I needed to find joy in writing again.
And Maybe Robin Sharma is right. “Focus is more important than talent.”
Our world is full of distractions. There is no right or wrong way during the publishing journey. Just find joy in what you’re writing, then find a good editor. Slow down before you hit submit or publish because the time you spent crafting your story deserves a full final process.
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