Yesterday at work I saw a poster hanging up on the wall. The word focus was in green and beneath it this quote:
Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off your goal.
I thought about that for a moment, and about all the goals I’ve set for myself for the next year or so:
1. Publish a novel (this year).
2. Write another one (this year!).
3. Prepare for the release of another novel (already written) sometime during next year.
Okay. So I’ve pretty much done all the preparation for number one, and number three won’t be so bad since that novel is already finished, but number two? Yikes! I’ve given myself all kinds of reasons about why I can’t finish the outline and start writing the book this year during NaNoWrioMo:
1. I’m about to release a novel and can’t possibly spare any more space in my brain for writing another one right now.
2. The holidays are coming up! How can I make pralines and sweet potato pie when I’m writing a novel?
3. I need to start preparing for next year’s release; beta readers, proofreading, a book cover, ebook formatting, promotion, blog tours; how can I write another novel? I’m too distracted!
4. My muse is in Bermuda.
Truth? I think that underneath all those excuses is the fear that I somehow won’t be able to pull the novel off, which is something I need to confront head on. And the only way to confront it? Plant my behind in a chair and write.
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