Welcome to the Dojo Wisdom for Writers Book Club! Every Wednesday, we meet to discuss one of the lessons in Dojo Wisdom for Writers. We’ll go in order, so it’s easy enough to follow along. Read the lesson, then read the blog post, then comment in the comments! Do feel free to comment on each other’s comments. I’ll answer questions as quickly as I can.
Lesson #6: Be open to what happens next
In this lesson, I talk about building on your experiences and being open to opportunities that may come your way. I never set out to write a bookshelf full of martial arts texts and I didn’t plan on running a romance imprint—but I’m delighted that I had the chance to do both of those things.
But the bigger-picture point of all of this is to not get too tied up in goal setting. Don’t get me wrong, I think goals are great, and certainly better than wandering around aimlessly. But the point of anything (writing, life) isn’t necessarily to get to the end. The point is to experience the journey. If you spend too much time focusing on the end result and are disappointed that you didn’t get exactly what you wanted, you miss all the great stuff you did get.
Have you had something surprising happen in your writing career? What was it, and how did you feel about it? Do tell in the comments!
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Catch a Falling Star (by Jessica Starre) and The Matchmaker Meets Her Match (by Jenny Jacobs), two of my favorite novels.