I know many people are afraid of change, or don’t like it. For so many months we’ve been hearing how the industry is changing, and the message feels like it’s full of gloom and doom. I hate it. The gloom and doom that is, not change.
Personally, I love change. It’s natural for all people and things to evolve, and it often helps me remember what’s important to me. Sort of like a mental spring cleaning. A few weeks back I made some changes in my life. Most of them stem from the realization that I’d become stagnant. No matter how many times I told myself I wanted to write more, I wanted to get in shape, I wanted to socialize more …it wasn’t happening.
It would be easy to blame it on working too much, or working crazy hours, or family obligations or a myriad of other things, but the truth was, I just wasn’t ready to make those changes. They were a surface desire, not a true desire.
Anyone who’s tried to quit smoking, lose weight, or yes, write a novel can tell you the same thing. You can do it, if you truly want to.
Very few things in life are free, and even fewer things are easy. The sooner you accept that, the easier things will become. No, they won’t become completely easy, just easier.
I had so many things on my ‘to do’ list that I stopped actually wanting to do many of them. Then, in August I went on a writing retreat, and did very little writing. However, I did a lot of thinking. It became clear to me that I’d finally slowed down enough to really think hard about what I wanted. Not what I thought I should want, or thought I should want to do, but what I really truly wanted to do. Then I went about making things happen.
The first thing was changing jobs. Yes, I make less money at the new job, some things are more important than money. I find it way too easy to get stuck in the mindset that money is all important. Fortunately, I often find ways to remind myself that while it’s needed for many things in life, it’s not the be-all, end-all of life.
So, I make less money, but I gain other things. I gain a regular schedule that allows me to exercise more, eat properly at more regular intervals (which helps with the health goals). That same regular schedule also allows me more time to pursue both my photography and my writing.
I’m feeling really good about the change, and to get things started I got the ball rolling on putting some of my previously published short stories up on Kindle. I want to see for myself just how good/bad, hard/complicated this self-publishing on Kindle is, and I’ll share my experiences with you here as they happen. Hopefully I’ll have my first release up by Mid October. With a couple more shortly after.
And along with those, I’ll continue to work on my new novel. The one I haven;t told you much about yet, and won’t until I get more into it, as it’s still in that stage where I’m afraid to jinx it.
The point to my rambling? Don’t be afraid of change. Be it in your life, your writing, or the publishing industry…it doesn’t matter. Embrace it, make it yours. Change is what you make of it.