I’ve always liked to keep busy. It used to be sketching. I couldn’t watch a movie without a sketchbook in my lap. I couldn’t go a day without inventing some new project for myself. The ideas have never been the problem.
Finishing. Finishing a project was my problem.
In college I temporarily majored in Interior Design. Though I didn’t stick with it (I was convinced in less than one semester that the future clientele was going to drive me to drinking), I did learn one thing that made the fifth year of college totally worth it: Process.
Process is king. I knew the steps, and I just had to work on the next one until you finish. The long view can be daunting, intimidating, downright terrifying. But I worked on the next bit, and then the next, and eventually I reached the other end of that journey. Able to look back. Able to say I did that.
Process doesn’t mean easy. It’s still hard work, like anything worth doing. Process doesn’t guarantee a timeline. You’ve gotta put the effort in consistently. It doesn’t guarantee success. Marketing and sales is the next big project. But before the christening, broken champagne bottle, and ticker tapes, you’ve gotta put the ship together.
I’m not doing anything a million authors before me haven’t already done. I’m not learning any lessons that are unique or ground-breaking. But each person who discovers this for themself is going to need to find a resource that delivers exactly the message they were primed to hear.
My hope is that, through this podcast, Brian and I can be a resource that makes it all click into place for even one future author.