Crossroads

Over the past several months, I haven’t felt 100 percent sure about what I want to do with my life. It’s shown up as slumps, procrastination, side projects and general busy-ness. But I couldn’t get to the bottom of it because I was avoiding what I knew was the truth.

The truth is that the stories I like writing are not stories that are mainstream, popular fiction. Which is fine, but it also means that they’re a lot harder to build a career upon.

Sure, there’s a lot more I could do to market and promote them, but I’d much rather spend that time (and energy) on projects I like doing, or with people I like spending time with.

So this is me saying I’ve tried this author-with-a-capital-A thing and realised it’s not for me.

I’m not giving up. In fact, I have a sneaky suspicion that this will mean I’ll write more than ever! We’ll see 🙂

That’s all for now. I’m scheduling a couple more posts this week letting you know what to expect from me for the rest of this year, and where I’m heading next.

4 Responses to “Crossroads

  • Well good for you – not sure if you have been following Elizabeth Gilbert’s recent posts but truth is a great and courageous thing. You gave it 400% and no doubt learned SO MUCH along the way and those skills, people and experiences will weave their way into something that feels “right” and then may morph into something again. Each year brings new interests and potential and we don’t have to stay at the same thing forever. You should be so proud of what you’ve achieved; the people you’ve touched and the spark of creativity you have ignited in children. Good luck with whatever direction you take – even if it’s a well deserved break.

    • Z.R. Southcombe
      1 year ago

      Thank you, Deborah. I did see one of Gilbert’s posts about truth… and yes it feels courageous! Well, it feels vulnerable, actually, which I know is a form of courage.

      I have learnt so much! And I’m looking forward to learning more, but maybe a bit more slowly this time <3

      • Well that’s the hard thing about hindsight! I think your new path sounds like a perfect fit for your skills and passions and wish you the joy you deserve. Dx

        • Z.R. Southcombe
          1 year ago

          Haha yes! But if we can keep inching towards the right path for us then that’s something x

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