Pivot Point

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!

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