I took this photo without being able to see my phone screen while I did it.
I think sometimes I try too hard. (I can hear you all pretending to be shocked.) When I first started writing, I didn’t worry so much about everything. Then, I started to take it seriously, and my feelings of success seemed harder to achieve. Maybe my goals are just farther away? I’m not sure.
I learned a hard lesson many years ago. Don’t force things. Just let it come to you. Be open and attentive, but don’t be a foot-in-the-door salesman of yourself. It’s tough to find the balance.
We live in a society where success is measured in strange ways. When you get to the end of your day, how do you define achievement? If you are an indie author or an artist or whatever – how do you know you’ve taken another step forward?
I realize that’s almost a rhetorical question because we have different goals and needs, but it’s an important one to consider occasionally, because for me, feeling like I’m moving forward often pushes the gas on my creative output.
I’d love to hear your thoughts.