Recently, I was blessed with an opportunity to reassess my goals with new clarity. Instead of starting strictly with I wanted to do (and feeling the pressure of what needs to be written), I started with my own strengths. What do I have to offer? Not what do I want to provide? But, what do I have to offer right now?
I have the skill to write my fiction, and what I lack in craftsmanship can only be developed through the acts of outlining, writing, and re-writing. Nonfiction requires a different set of skills, and while I have many of those skills, there are some ambitions that I’m just not ready for.
So, I have reassessed my goals. I have put what I can do now ahead of what I need to develop new skills to do. I have stopped chasing after something I’m not ready for—and feeling like a failure for not catching it—and have refocused myself on projects I’m ready for right now. I’m also throwing in the occasional short project that I can do with a little bit of stretching, which will help prepare me for some of the more ambitious projects I want to do in the future.
Clarity afforded, with success to be awarded.