This past January I watched Lady Gaga melt with tears on the Golden Globes as she received her acting award. Her happiness reminded me of Frank Sinatra’s when he earned his Oscar for From Here to Eternity in 1955. Both these eminent and top-flight stars on the popular music scene had already received all the kudos an artist can expect in a lifetime. But they wanted the next thing along with the first thing, and why should they not? It takes hard work and grit to make it in a second arena, and the experience of reaching, against the odds, the top of the music world and then to remake themselves. The singers’ preparation for acting – Lady Gaga with music videos, Sinatra with small roles in small films – went on at the same time they were creating their first bodies of work. “Multitasking” might have failed them. Preparation got them exactly where they wanted to be.
So if our writing goal is, sensibly, to finish this one darned beloved novel, it may be worthwhile taking time to think beyond it. To spend that 15 minutes a day to visualize, identify with, and develop new skills. To think beyond the odds. Everything we do now towards that further vision will help us grow past this one book to live our ideal lives in our writing careers.
There’s never been a better time to be a writer. I hope it’s another brilliant writing day for you. Cheers Mel