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Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Lessons from a Quitter

I've been doing a lot of reading lately, as you might tell.  I am currently reading a book called Quitter: Closing the Gap Between Your Day Job and Your Dream Job by Jon Acuff.  I am enjoying reading it.

Jon worked in IT (and a number of other jobs) while looking forward and preparing for a dream job of blogging, speaking, and writing.  In the book, he discusses his experience while giving tips on what he has learned along the way.  Today, because of a number of circumstances, he no longer works in IT and is able to persue his dream full time.

I recommend the book if you are in a similar situation.

I read today a passage about practice in the book.  Jon noted that he blogged over 500,000 words before he ever was able to publish a book of 50,000 words.  Since having that first book published, he blogged 500,000 more words!

A major point of this anecdote was it takes effort and practice to get good at your dream before you might find success at it.  He blogs every single day to practice writing and to grow an audience for his books, conferences and speaking engagements.

I have been thinking about this and my own journey right now.  I need to ask myself why I am writing and what my goals really are.

One fear I have is that I'm not good enough right now to tell Trezl's story.  I feel like I need to be able to do it justice if I'm going to complete it and make it worth reading.  I don't mean to be a perfectionist.  I don't expect this to be one of the great literary works of all time or anything!  But I don't want it to come across in a way that is not compelling. 

So I am focused on practicing and putting the time in!  Right now, I practice by blogging and experimenting with my writing.  I realize there are other stories in Ryndaria to tell, so I am flirting with a couple of them while I experiment with my writing.  The different stories I have mapped out of this world are interrelated, so reading one might give you insight to the bigger story once it is done.

What do you think about preparing for a dream?  Should it be hard work?  Mr. Acuff learned that it was indeed hard work.  But I think he would say it was worth it!

Thank you for reading!

1 comment:

  1. I know how you feel about having a story to tell and wanting to make sure you do it justice. I have a fantasy story that has been on my mind for years. I don't to make a bunch of beginner mistakes and ruin it, but it's hard to focus on other stories for practice with the big one buzzing around in my head. Holly Lisle recommends just writing it and doing the best you can right now because, once you've got it done and on paper, you can concentrate on your next idea and love it just as much. But I can't shake the feeling that THIS story is a good one and deserves better than what I can do right now.

    Good luck on the journey! Maybe you can blaze the trail that gets me out of the weeds too.