Changes and Choices
Posted by Addison Fox Apr 19 2017, 6:47 am
As a writer I’m driven to understand the world around me through the lens of the storyteller. Why did that happen? Why do I feel that way? What’s the bigger picture? What are the possible outcomes?
Whether it’s how I’m hardwired or just something that’s evolved along with my writing as I’ve grown older, the world around me provides constant opportunities to wonder “what comes next?”
At no other time do we ask so many questions as when we’re in the midst of change. And while those periods can be scary, they also offer considerable opportunity to reframe what we want, what’s important to us and how we want to move forward.
This is as important in our writing as it is in our lives. There is no linear path in publishing. What’s right at one moment may change the following year. What’s hot suddenly is not and what wouldn’t sell to save your life suddenly becomes a hot commodity. Editors move houses or leave the business. Amazon creates a new opportunity to get your work into readers’ hands. A local independent bookstore suddenly becomes a space everyone wants to visit.
Whatever those changes might be, we must always look at them as opportunities. And when we have opportunity, we have choice.
For me, that’s been one of the most exciting things about the past 5-8 years in publishing. As authors, a world of choices have opened up to us. There is no “traditional path,” nor is there even a “right” path. But there are MANY paths and that is awesome.
I know change can be scary – it forces us out of something comfortable and into something unknown. I read a post on social media recently that said those are the times we’re usually “leveling up.”
While my life isn’t a video game <g>, I certainly hope it’s constantly moving forward! So in the spirit of that, here’s wishing you the next level! And the wisdom to see those choices and reach for them with both hands when they appear.
Thanks for joining me today!