If there's one thing being with a group of published authors does for a writer aspiring to be published, it's inspire.
That's how I spent my weekend at Left Coast Crime. Being inspired. But also being reminded that time is a-wasting and I need to start expecting more of myself if I want to get this book done.
I came back from the conference with one thought in mind: I need to demand more of myself. I need to set a schedule and stick to it. I need to put more serious, concentrated time into my writing and I need to set goals and meet them.
I don't know when or how my writing career will unfold, but it's certain it won't happen at all if I don't stop cutting myself so much slack. This isn't about berating myself for not being good enough. It's about having the discipline to get something of value accomplished.
At dinner the other night I told some friends "If I had an employer, I would've been fired a long time ago." In evaluating my performance lately, I've come up short. It's not a big deal, nothing to panic over, but this is an opportunity to make some important changes.
What about you? Do you find yourself needing to make a few changes? It's time for Mid-March Resolutions!