Prompt: What’s the thing you most want to achieve next year? How do you imagine you’ll feel when you get it? Free? Happy? Complete? Blissful? Write that feeling down. Then, brainstorm 10 things you can do, or 10 new thoughts you can think, in order to experience that feeling today.
I’m a writer-for-hire. Clients need something, I produce it, they pay me.
I love my work, which means I’m most fortunate; so many people hate their jobs — I used to be one of them.
This year I want most to produce a book that people want to BUY. This differs from work-for-hire. People buying my book will reward me for my CREATIVITY as well as my craft. I often write about the role that my spiritual beliefs play in my life. One that Julia Cameron’s The Artist’s Way drove home to me is that God loves creatives because God is the Great Creator.
My religion has so much to say about the arts and the role that they play in transforming the world into a spiritual society.
O people of Baha! The source of crafts, sciences and arts is the power of reflection. Make ye every effort that out of this ideal mine there may gleam forth such pearls of wisdom and utterance as will promote the well-being and harmony of all the kindreds of the earth. ~Baha’u’llah
Books in my brain
Writing this on New Year’s Eve 2010 I have seven more days to finish three chapters and the book proposal for Tradeoffs.
This summer, during my road trip, I’ll be interviewing subjects for another book I’m writing with Flo Fuhr. That book will profile women motorcyclists who are living with cancer or have survived it. We will collaborate with the breast cancer foundations of the US and Canada to share proceeds of the sales.
For some time I’ve been gestating a novel based on my experience as an industrial cleaning contractor — it will be a business thriller featuring a woman who buys an industrial cleaning business from the estate of its founder only to realize the business was a front for criminal activity. I also have in mind a collection of short stories with the working title “Turds That Won’t Flush.” It might be that the short stories prelude the book.
Feelings…so many feelings
How I’ll feel when I finish Tradeoffs? Mostly RELIEVED, I think. My spouse is a marathon runner so we’ll have to compare notes of how I feel with how he feels after a grueling race. I’ll also feel greatly SATISFIED with myself, no doubt.
How I’ll feel when I sell my book? ELATED! There are several “sales” if I go with a publisher. First, I have to sell the book to an agent, who sells it to a publisher. The publisher sells it to distributors and retailers and I’ll of course sell it myself. Whew. I have a streak of impatience in me, so I’ll be posting excerpts from the book on my blog and engaging people in there.
How will I feel when I see that first stranger holding my book? OVERJOYED! I might just kiss that person.
As for the rest of the prompt, I can feel all those feelings any day, yes, and often do. Again, I am most fortunate.