by Vanessa Preston
Do you feel like something about your writing needs to change, but you’re not sure what? Or you have an idea of what, but you wonder how?
A month ago I felt exactly like that. After a pivotal point in my personal life, I wrote in my journal to figure out what I actually wanted to do in life. Writing and Art stayed on the list. Phew!
So, I knew I wanted to write … but the novel I was working on was full of plot holes. Big plot holes, like lack of conflict, and an absent antagonist. I didn’t want that to stop me so I decided my first goal would simply be to ‘Rekindle the Spark’ in my writing.
Whilst searching resources to learn the skills to overcome those obstacles, I discovered some new websites, worksheets, ecourses and a stack of ebooks by Kristen Kieffer and Jennifer Blanchard. They were either free or very affordable (like $1), and they transformed my mindset and inspired daily, positive action. I printed, signed up, bought, read, and basically soaked up the lessons and did the exercises as if my life depended on it!
Within two weeks I established new habits and worked out what I really wanted to do, writing wise. I was still struggling with my fiction writing, so having ticked the boxes in my ‘Rekindle the Spark’ plan, I set myself two new goals:
‘Revisit Prewriting my Novel’, and
‘Publish my first non-fiction ebook’
My non-fiction ebook grew wings and took off. All I had to do each day was show up and let my pen spill ideas onto the page. Two weeks in, I am almost finished the first draft, and I plan to have the book ready for Kindle by the end of October. I have promised readers on my Inky Wings Facebook page that I will announce the title this week.
One of my pivot points was simply deciding to take action to make my writing dreams come true. Another was realising that writing non-fiction comes more naturally to me than fiction writing. I LOVE the spark of new ideas, crafting a plot and creating characters, but non-fiction is another legitimate way to be a writer. I accepted that publishing my non-fiction is a more achievable goal right now than finishing my novels. Their time will come. While I learn what I need to progress in fiction writing, I can make other parts of my writing dreams come true.
Katy at Elsie Road Magazine asked a great question today:
“I’d love to hear your stories of pivoting–what worked?
What didn’t? How did you know the time was right?”
You’ve read my expanded answer. I’d love to read yours!