Creating books for children is my dream. Then why do I so often find ways to avoid doing what I most want to do? Even when I have an entire afternoon free, I often find it more imperative to wash the dishes or clip my toenails rather than work on my current manuscript.
As I enter the new year, here are ten reminders to myself as I continue pursuing my passion:
#1 Remember that creating books for children is my choice, not a chore. No one is making me do this; it's how I'm choosing to spend my time.
#2 Acknowledge that dreams are seldom realized without hard work.
#3 Be inspired by fellow writers who are just as busy (often busier) than I am yet still find time to write.
#4 Honor my own pace and process, even if it is slower than I would like (you are right, Christy, sometimes slow and steady does win the race!).
#5 Stretch myself by taking creative risks, trying new styles and genres, and attempting projects that I fear might be beyond my capabilities.
#6 Have fun. If I'm not enjoying what I'm doing, then why have I chosen this path?
#7 Take time to read (and don't feel guilty for doing so).
#8 Celebrate my accomplishments, even the small ones (revising a chapter, revising a sentence).
#9 Forgive myself for not being as hardworking/creative/productive as I would like.
#10 Remember how very lucky I am to be able to pursue my dream career.
Here's to a new year and all the opportunities to achieve our dreams!