As I pursue my writing career, I thought I’d share my guiding principles with you. Do you have guiding principles? If so, please share!
I have a lot of writing to do today, and the pressure is on to get it done. Earlier this week, my mind was so preoccupied with deadlines that I went through a drive-thru, paid for my food, and then drove off before I got it. I definitely need to get my focus back!
To reduce stress, I decided to start the day with yoga. I love yoga. It makes me feel so refreshed and aligned.Yoga is beneficial to your bones, muscles, and joints as well as your cardiovascular system. For me, however, one of the biggest benefits is that it helps me relax, concentrate, and even sleep better. I definitely didn’t sleep well last night. I moved from bed to couch shared with dog, to different couch without the dog in an attempt to catch some sleep.
So, to avoid any more drive-thru drive-offs and prepare myself for a day of hard mental work, I glided through my warrior pose, the crescent moon, and the mountain pose. I wasn’t far into my downward facing dog pose when it took on new meaning. With my rear extended into the air and my head hanging between my arms, I was suddenly enveloped with about 100 wet, slobbery dog kisses. It ruined my concentration of course, but left me laying on the floor laughing with one of my favorite pals. I should have known. My dog is rarely far from my side.
Who could possibly resist this adorable face? So now, I’ve started my writing day with my dog at my feet, my cat sitting majestically next to my keyboard, and my birds chattering across the room cheering me on. I love my fan base. Some days they are what keeps me going.
I completed my last project today on a contract that I’ve been working on for the Federal Government. It was my first job as a full time writer. I worked as an instructional designer and wrote online curriculum, instructor guides, participant guides, process manuals, and other job aids. The experience has been extremely valuable, although it has taken me away from my first love — fiction.
Now that the contract is over, I hope to take the skills that I have learned and apply them to my new venture. I am now much better at project management. I never thought that I could handle ten large writing projects at once. I sometimes wrote more than 200 pages in 24 hours. I also have a MUCH greater appreciation for editors and subject matter experts. The checks and balances built in to the system meant my work went through the hands of at least six different hands for review before it went out the door. I learned to “let go.” I learned other valuable things as well, such as how to teleconference, telecommute, and graphic design.
The experience also made me more determined to be a full time writer permanently. I loved writing, and I REALLY loved working from home. I have missed my fiction writing though, so as I move forward with my new ventures, I am incorporating a block of time during my day dedicated to fiction and poetry writing. My new ventures involve the development of instructional products, technical writing, editing, workshop creation, and marketing.