“It’s Friday, Mommy. You sometimes get us donuts on Fridays.” My daughter looked at me with saucer eyes and pronounced pout. Her older sister lurked into the room, watching us carefully.
They sometimes team up. Almost always for the sake of a treat of some kind. It’s fun.
This was the Friday before Christmas, 8:37 a.m. Seven decades worth of winter break stretched out ahead of us, a tundra of off-routine children full of energy and laments.
The battle for my composure had only begun.
Sometimes we must fight with resistance. Sometimes we must fight with strategy.
In that moment, I opted for the latter.
I directed my young daughter to the kitchen counter where sat a container of cupcakes left over from the fifth Christmas party to which I was assigned to bring something people barely touched because we were all bloated from overeating by that point.
My daughter followed my gaze to the container and lit up.
“Eat a cupcake for breakfast,” I told her. “In fact, have two.”
If she had received the world’s largest LOL Doll for Christmas she would not have been more beside herself with joy.
That morning shall go down in history as The Time They Ate Their Breakfast in Five Seconds Flat and Subsequently Did Chores With Minimal Complaining.
Strategy. It pays to employ it.
Strategy is equally important in building a writing career.
As you may know by now, I am in the midst of an about-face when it comes to my writing career.
I am switching focus from nonfiction to fiction, which is exactly as hard as you think it may be. Like guiding a ship through the Suez Canal (for all you The Crown season 2 fans).
This next year could prove quite entertaining, you guys. I hope you stick around. And if you do, I’d like to ask you for a wee favor.
As I make the switch to a fiction writing focus, I have set strategic goals for the New Year. (Yes, I’m that kind of person.)
I’d love some accountability for them.
- Network with more novelists. I’m fairly connected in the blogger world, but novelists are a bit more of a squirrly, non-social bunch. I can say that, of course, because I am one.
- Find book reviewers I trust. And then follow them.
- Write for fiction-focused websites and publications.
- Create a giveaway that features my fiction. Just in case you’re ACHING to read my fiction stuff, for free.
- Find a new agent. **heavy sigh** Yooooouuuuallll. This is a whole thing. Let’s circle back to it later.
- Finish my second novel by May 1. Imagine my eeek face right now.
- Make more friends on Goodreads. If you’re on Goodreads too, please look me up. We can do the Goodreads 2018 Reading Challenge together.
- Read as much fiction in my genre as possible. Hence the Goodreads Challenge. Follow me on Instagram or Facebook to see what’s currently making me begrudgingly put on my reading glasses because getting old is highly inconvenient. Suggestions always welcome!
Your turn. What to-do’s are currently dominating your strategic thinking these days? Have you ever had a change in career focus? What was it like? Any advice?
Also, I may have eaten the leftover cupcake icing as I wrote this.