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What next?


It was quite a June.

I published the third in my Project Cat's Away series, Project Cat's Away: The Message of the Black Pearl, AND I celebrated the end of the Dawning Series Playwright Cohort with Solar Stage with an awesome staged reading of my kids play, Fur Baby.

Phew.

Time to... uh... time to... huh... time to ask the question, what next?

Or if you prefer his little brother, what now?

Or his little sister, now what?

Honestly, I'm not sure. I could spend some time working on a couple new numbers for Project Cat's Away: The Musical. I could throw myself into creating the graphic novel version of Fur Baby. I could dust off last summer's Human Interest Awards novel, starring one of my favorite characters, Comatose Ted. Or, I could finally take The Impersonators, my novel about a group of superhero super zeros to final polished draft, ready for printing. I could spend time learning how to write and apply for more grants (government money sounds pretty great). I could continue building my music writing skills and recommit to learning the piano. Last, but not least, I could update my gosh darn website. Hello internet, it's been a while since we've hung out!

You might think this blog post is about to give you some super helpful algorithm about how to choose where to go, how to narrow your choices, how to decide what to work on.

But, I don't have one. No algorithm, just a fail proof strategy. Wanna hear it?

Pick one thing and begin.

That's it. That's the whole strategy.

Pick one.

Begin.

Don't worry. The one you pick is rarely the one you'll keep going. It might never ever be the one that you finish. Time will tell how much you're actually interested in completing it. But, it's the one that will help you get started.

And once you've started, momentum will pick it up from there.

Wanna know a secret? I'm using my strategy for myself, right now, writing this blog post. See? I haven't written a blog post in almost a year, but today, I'm writing my blog post. And now I am INFINETELY more likely to continue my creative pursuits than, say, if I spent the evening watching reruns of The Office again, like I did last evening. (Do you remember when Jim and Michael were co-managers of Dunder-Mifflin? I had totally forgot that happened!)

Will I now commit to this blog again like I did when I had my year off? I don't know. We'll see. Will I revamp and update my website? Or jump in to a new novel? Or develop a new play? Or... I don't know. We'll see.

But, today I did something. And tomorrow, I'll do another something. And, one day before I even know it's happening, I'll work on the same thing the next day as I worked on the day before. And then maybe a third day, and a fourth and suddenly, I'll have a new deadline or a new passion or a new motivation and a new, next thing... whatever what's next might be!

You don't have to decide what's next. Just start. Pretty soon you'll be doing it.

#strategy #moveforward #write #decide #start

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