Happy New Year, Everyone!
For many people, the beginning of the new year is filled with goal setting and resolutions. I used to be one of those people, but at some point my mindset shifted. Truth is, every day offers a fresh start. That’s what I’ve focused on the past few years. It’s a more bite-sized approach to growth and transformation. It feels more manageable, more achievable. It works for me.
Think about how many times you’ve scrapped a scene in your manuscript, and had to start over. Consider the last time an interesting plot twist ended up on the cutting-room floor because you couldn’t make it gel with your storyline. Remember when that editor told you to cut an entire chapter that had taken you several days to write? What about the last time you had to say goodbye to a character or treasured idea? Thus is the life of a writer.
In all these cases, you had to stop, reflect and start again. I personally don’t think you can survive—or thrive—as a writer, if you’re not open to this ongoing creative cycle of destruction and rebirth. “Nothing remains as it was. If you know this, you can begin again, with pure joy in the uprooting.” ― Judith Minty, Letters to My Daughters
I encourage you to share your “fresh start” stories with readers. Tell them about a moment when you had to let something go and start over. Don’t hold back about the pain of saying goodbye to a scene or character or idea…and then share the joy you experienced when you started anew, and finally got it right. You might be surprised by what happens when you invite readers into your creative process. If you’d like to share these thoughts in a book bubble, we invite you to check out bublish.com.
Happy New Year!
Kathy Meis, founder and CEO of Bublish