I’m not normally one for life reviews and goal setting and, as I’ve got older, this has become an even more pronounced trait. It seems that I tend to drift with the wind, being led by my ideas but rarely paying attention to my intuition; I’ve come to realise that this probably isn’t a very helpful thing to do. So, with the best of intentions, I have decided to review what happened in 2012 to see if I can learn from where I’ve been, in order to set some goals for 2013.
Sometimes life has a habit of getting in its own way, you know the sort of thing that happens when you want to do something … really badly; you keep telling yourself that you want to do, really badly; in fact it would be great for your bank balance, figure, work, relationship if you did that thing … but for some reason it just doesn’t happen. You can’t make it past first base even.
I didn’t write a ‘lesson’s learned’ post last month because I was away on holiday at the end of September and I came back to a mountain of catch-up work to do. My holiday was quite unique for me, it was the first time in 15 years that I have been on holiday and not kept in touch with my work by email. In recent years, this has meant I’ve taken my laptop with me; 15 years ago I was using internet cafe’s and hotel receptions to make sure I stayed on top of everything.
It seems that every month there is a lesson to be learnt somewhere on the authors journey and August has been no exception. As regular visitors will know, every Thursday I hold the Thursday Throng, which is an author interview, with possibly a giveaway of a book or two and a review of the book the author in question has just finished writing or is trying to promote. This month I realised that there is a huge variability in the way in which authors use this opportunity and I wondered if I now need to pick my authors with more care.
As every month does, July has provided me with some insights and understandings about ‘how things work’ when it comes to life, books and marketing in general. It started in a sombre mood for me when I was trying to come to terms with the negative reviews that my novel had received on Amazon. However, after posting my Lesson Learned In June – On Developing a Very Thick Skin blog I was overwhelmed by the response I received; not only as comments to the post but as messages on LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook and by email. Almost every one of them was supportive of continuing with testing my inner storyteller and almost all told me, in no uncertain terms, to ‘get over it‘ and stop making such a fuss because not everyone is going to like your book – and that’s OK.
The last month has been quite an adventure in my writing journey, I’ve experimented with all sorts of things and made some wonderful new friends along the way too. Perhaps though the most important thing I learnt was consistency, not only consistency in terms of writing regularly, but also of content. Slowly, it seems I am finding my voice and my place in the enormous writing community/
April 2012 has marked a sea change in the way I view myself and my place in the world. At the beginning of this year I vowed to make a change, I even did it publicly on my blog but failed to actually do anything about it until mid March when I wrote a post titled The Art of Reinvention or how to start again! This is where the story of lessons learned in April really starts.