This is the story of how I got the energy I needed to get unstuck so that I could finish my book about becoming unstuck.
You can’t make this stuff up.
Sometimes the timing just works out
Take this past weekend. I was enjoying the end of 2016’s Virginia Festival of the Book, Charlottesville, VA’s annual bookfest, dedicated to readers and authors and the people who love them.
It was an exciting bookfest for Chenille Books. One client was part of a successful, standing-room-only book event for the first volume of his memoir, and another met with me at lunchtime to tell me the good news about her book – getting so close to publication she could taste it. She didn’t eat much lunch, now that I think about it…. Plus, all the sessions I attended were interesting and provocative.
So exciting a time it was that by Sunday, the final day of bookfest, I wold have been quite content to stay in bed. However, a friend and colleague, Jennifer Niesslein, was doing one of her series of interviews with authors at WriterHouse, and I knew I couldn’t miss that. So off I trudged. Did I mention it was cold and rainy? Well, it wasn’t particularly – but hey, it could have been.
The event was wonderful, and when it was over, I stuck around for a few minutes to buy books from the authors, Andi Cumbo-Floyd and Michelle Hoover. Got to chatting with Andi, and she told me about a writer’s retreat she’s hosting in July 2016, and then she invited me to present a workshop for the retreat!
Happy dance time
You know what’s extra cool? I had just revamped the Chenille Books website, to feature the work we do with clients, helping them get unstuck. I’ve known for a year or two that this was a huge part of our work, and I’d even been planning a series of publications on the topic of becoming unstuck, but the website wasn’t reflecting any of that reality. Until that weekend. Yep. That’s when the new website went live.
So, I gladly accepted Andi’s invitation, thanked my stars that the website was there for her to learn more about what we do, and when she suggested a day or two later that my topic for her workshop be on getting unstuck, I did a happy dance.
Then I realized I could have a draft of the first book ready in time for late July, if I really got to it.
This is why you’ll see me trudging to the office most weekends, so the book can be in some kind of shape in time for Andi’s writer’s retreat.
Nothing like a little incentive, huh? That’s what it took for me to become unstuck from stalling out in the planning stages of my Becoming Unstuck writing project.
I’ll share more details as we get closer to the date. Between now and then, the members of my writer group will be reading the manuscript one section at a time, to help me polish the book and get it ready for its close-up.
Do you have a project you got stuck on? Would a free consultation help get you back in forward motion? Let me know.