A new friend and I were recently discussing the place of in-between, where what is coming is not yet. At what point does it become real? At inception? Conclusion? Or somewhere along the way?
Sometimes in the waiting it may look like nothing is happening, especially if forward motions isn’t visible to the naked eye.
When my good friend Lefty mentioned she was moving from one dwelling to another, it didn’t look like she was moving. No boxes were packed, and mail and even groceries continued being delivered to her door.
Behind the scenes, she had already determined it was time to move. After searching online, making a few phone calls and then a few appointments, her name was added to a waiting list. There was still no visible evidence of moving. The potted plants on the patio grew big and lush, right next to the patio furniture. All summer she could be found there, sipping iced-tea, eating lunch at midday and reading books after work.
One day, a big truck arrived with a small entourage. Four hours later, there was no trace of her left. To the neighbors, it looked like she up and left in the blink of an eye.
It’s one thing to know an event is coming, and yet another to see it come to pass. But the time in between is anything but static. There are utilities to switch, a moving van to rent, boxes to pack and all of this goes according to some timeline. Each step builds on the next. On moving day, boxes were loaded and a few short hours later, she landed in a new city to start a new life.
What this means for you
When you begin a new venture, there are many steps that must occur between the time you have the idea until you launch. Even though it won’t always seem apparent, you may feel that everything is static. The reality is that momentum is building. Every action is an investment in the future with the launch in mind.
From the time an author wants to write a book until it is completed, a lot of time can pass. To those on the outside, it may seem that nothing is happening. But the author is writing, thinking about the story, jotting ideas down, snippets of conversation or adding little embellishments. As anyone who has tried to write a book can tell you, penning a book is no small process. There are arcs to consider, examples to round out and internal flow to determine.
Sometimes momentum is lost, even when the goal is clear.
If you or someone you know is trying to get their book back on track, book a complimentary 30-minute consultation. Together we can get your book back on the rails and get it rolling forward again, so that by this time next year, your goal can be realized.
Drop a comment and let me know how your summer is going! I look forward to hearing from you.