This month I’m editing the first draft I wrote as a NANOWRIMO project last November. There are also a lot of other things going on in the world. People are pretty stirred up over elections, wearing masks, and many other topics. As I wrote my post for my publishing blog (link) one thought came to mind that applies to all the “life stuff” just as much as it applies to my first draft: we need to figure out what’s actually important and identify the things that support what’s really important. Once we know those things, then we can start making other decisions and “doing stuff”. And even if you’ve thought about these things before, it’s a great time to do a spot check and make sure you’re still on course.
In my draft, there’s stuff that needs to stay and stuff that needs to go. There are ideas that need to extend earlier and later in the book and things that can be edited out. In life there are things that we can do that will help us achieve our goals and things that really won’t.
A scene in the book might be really well written, but if it doesn’t benefit the story, it doesn’t need to be there. In real life getting antsy over whether someone’s wearing a mask might matter (if they’re in line next to me), but it might not (If I’m alone in my car and she/he is alone in a different car 50 feet away).
In the long run, we benefit from focusing on the things that serve our lasting values and goals. Allowing ourselves to be blown here and there on the winds of fear doesn’t get us where we want to go. It never will.
Remember to think, dear reader, and remember what matters most.