I had a dream.
Ever since I was a little girl I have dreamed that one day I would hold a book with my name on the cover, I’d flip the pages, smell the fresh ink and read the words I’d pulled from my own imagination, I’d be able to walk into a bookstore and find my book on the shelf.
That dream is changing and while I was initially resistant to considering change, I’m learning (perhaps slower than is healthy) that sometimes it pays to be adaptable.
Last Sunday I was set to run a ½ marathon with my training partner. (Trust me, this analogy does relate to writing) We’d been training hard through the nasty cold winter months without any real break. We’d ran multiple races in less than ideal conditions and we’d been losing the enjoyment that we used to get from running. So for this particular race, we had a plan. We were going to enjoy every second, take photos along the way, not worry about our time and generally have an awesome time. I looked forward to Sunday with anticipation.
It was going to be great. And then…it wasn’t.
At 5 am Sunday morning, I got the message. My training buddy was bed ridden and unable to run. My plan was gone. I could have hung onto the original plan and attempted to execute it with what would likely have been met with limited success (I can’t have that kind of fun without her).
Instead…I adapted. I went into the race with a new plan. I was going to post a new personal best.Result? I crushed my previous time by 26 minutes and posted a personal best that I am very proud of.
So how does this nice little running story relate to writing you ask? Simple.
Remember my dream of holding that book with my name on it? Well, lately that dream has been shifting and morphing into something new.
I’ve been doing a lot of thinking, reading and research lately on e-publishing and, while this was not my original goal I’m strongly considering going this route. It’s no secret that the major booksellers are suffering, it’s getting harder and harder to land that agent and then even harder to sell to a publisher if you’re an unknown. Even if you have an excellent manuscript, your chances of success narrow everyday.I’m not trying to be pessimistic, and I do believe that the demand for print books will never go away, but the reality is that the face of publishing is changing and maybe my dreams should too.
I’m learning (slowly) that it’s okay to shift and modify your dreams. And sometimes, like with my run on Sunday, a change of plans can lead to the best result and ultimate success.
So, I want to know, in these changing times, have you modified your dreams?Photo courtesy of Brittany ((halo)) cc Flikr