Change can be disruptive. We like things as they are. No reason to change. But then shit happens.
Little things — stores go under, TV shows end, a restaurant stops serving your favorite dish. Bigger things — kids leave the house, friend moves away, dog dies. Major things — job loss, someone dies, divorce. All changes, all things that we have no choice but to react to them. But authors should welcome changes that they initiate, the kind that can lead to greater joy, fulfillment or production.
What shall you change?
* A change in your routine.
* A change of scenery.
* A change in what you eat.
* Talk to types of people that you normally don’t indulge in.
* Go to see a show or museum you otherwise never thought to try.
As much as we may strive for consistency, order, and routine, start exploring variety, something new or different. Your mind needs a pallet cleanser, maybe even a scrubbing. Whatever is your true core will stay with you, but some percentage of you wants or needs to change. That is how we grow and evolve.
And all of this will benefit your writing. The creative flow follows change. You will have renewed energy and a revitalized spirit.
What shall you do?
* Take a vacation. Even a day trip.
* Join a new group.
* Try a new game or sport.
* Give yourself permission to go do what you otherwise would not.
* Learn a new skill.
* Change your clothes, hairstyle, or car.
Or double down on being and doing more of who you think you are. As long as you move along life’s spectrum — and are not staying stagnant — you will mature as a human being. Your writing will follow on a parallel path.
What should you do today? Not what you did yesterday. Seize control of what you can change and take action. The change that you voluntarily make is much better than having to react to life’s inevitable changes.
The more you change, the more you will be who you really are.
Brian Feinblum, the founder of this award-winning blog, can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org He is available to help authors promote their story, sell their book, and grow their brand. He has 30 years of experience in successfully helping thousands of authors in all genres.
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Brian Feinblum should be followed on Twitter @theprexpert. This is copyrighted by BookMarketingBuzzBlog ©2022. Born and raised in Brooklyn, he now resides in Westchester with his wife, two kids, and Ferris, a black lab rescue dog. His writings are often featured in The Writer and IBPA’s The Independent. This blog, with over 4,000 posts over the past decade, was named one of the best book marketing blogs by BookBaby http://blog.bookbaby.com/2013/09/the-best-book-marketing-blogs and recognized by Feedspot in 2021 and 2018 as one of the top book marketing blogs. It was also named by WinningWriters.com as a "best resource.” For the past three decades, including 21 as the head of marketing for the nation’s largest book publicity firm, and two jobs at two independent presses, Brian has worked with many first-time, self-published, authors of all genres, right along with best-selling authors and celebrities such as: Dr. Ruth, Mark Victor Hansen, Joseph Finder, Katherine Spurway, Neil Rackham, Harvey Mackay, Ken Blanchard, Stephen Covey, Warren Adler, Cindy Adams, Susan RoAne, Jeff Foxworthy, Seth Godin, and Henry Winkler. He recently hosted a panel on book publicity for Book Expo America, and has spoken at ASJA, IBPA, Sarah Lawrence College, Nonfiction Writers Association, Cape Cod Writers Association, Willamette (Portland) Writers Association, and Connecticut Authors and Publishers Association. His letters-to-the-editor have been published in The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, New York Post, NY Daily News, Newsday, The Journal News (Westchester) and The Washington Post. He has been featured in The Sun Sentinel and Miami Herald. For more information, please consult: linkedin.com/in/brianfeinblum.
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