There are many times that I have to say this to myself.
After all, I get to work from home — where I can wear a track suit instead of a business suit, and where I can work out on the balcony instead of in a stuffy office. Sometimes, it doesn’t even feel like I have a “real job”! In fact, I’ve gotten so laid back that my friends call me “horizontal”.
But I did some “real” work the other day, away from home. After all of this writing, it was finally time for a meeting with part of my team who help me with the book outline, flow and editing as we went over the first stages of my second book!
Yes, I went through these meetings when I was working on Dangerous, but I always find them to be a bit nerve-wracking. They’re very exciting, but they also leave me chock full of butterflies. Think of it like heading to a job interview… You’re thrilled about what the meeting may bring, but you want everyone to like you!
Although I’ve had feedback that the end of one chapter was good, unexpected and well written, I got so much more out of this meeting than that. As I was talking to him, the voice in my head popped up. It was telling me how good I had gotten at overcoming my fears and being able to handle all of the other things BESIDES the actual writing. I realised that I am making huge strides dealing with the “chaos” that exists around me — like the editing, the marketing, the photography, etc. Sure, I still have a long way to go. As a Leo, I think I’m easily distracted! But I’m getting there.
Now that I’m starting to conquer EVERYTHING that goes along with professional writing, when the voice in my head says, “You ARE an author!” I can smile and say “Yes, I really am!”