Did you notice the new banner at the top? The new “catchphrase” I added? Let me tell you why.
In the more than ten years since my first book was published, I am always updating and changing, getting clearer in my life and my writing. I have changed my pen name, my tagline, my brand, my website address (although that wasn’t intentional), and how I present myself in public. Like the heroines of the books I most enjoy reading and most enjoy writing, I’m always on a journey to learn what’s right for me and that has transformed over time. I’ve gotten older, my children need me differently, my time is more my own. I’ve learned more about what’s important to me, how I want to structure my days and what I am looking forward to. I want that to be reflected here and elsewhere in my world.
I still set goals and I know where I want to end up. Many of those goals have stayed the same in the last decade, but it’s the getting there that takes turns and surprises, most good, some unwanted, of course. In the last few months, I’ve started to feel the need for a change, an update of some kind. I wasn’t exactly sure what it was going to be, but I knew I was ready for something a little different. Nothing dramatic just an enhancement, so to speak. (So to write?)
So how do you go about realigning your focus and brand?
As anyone who knows me or has been following here knows, MGM’s 1939 movie The Wizard of Oz is my absolute. I’ve long believed that there is so much wisdom, so many lessons to be learned from this film. I even have a list of 50 things I think the movie teaches, but that’s a post for another time. So when I look to find the heart of what I am trying to say I frequently start with Dorothy and company.
I started this process by making lists. I love lists. I wrote down things that were important to me, what I believed in, the change I wanted to see, the change I wanted to contribute to along with words that I liked, which resonate for me. For a long time, my emphasis here has been on living a life of emotional empowerment and I looked at why that’s been – and continues to be – important to me. I know that when we are open to our full range of emotions, the good, the bad and everything in between, then we are able to bring more of what we like into our worlds.
Then I looked at the books I’ve written and the ones I’m currently working on and tried to find what connects them together as well as what connects them to me.
Pages of lists, words, and phrases. Some catchy some… really corny, but after looking at it, moving things around, crossing things off then adding more it finally came to me – it’s the journey that always matters to me. Yes, I want my characters to reach their goals; yes I want to reach my goals, but it’s how we get there that I find intriguing.
When I put that together with the Wizard of Oz, follow the yellow brick road and how it is always “best to start at the beginning” came into my head. I believe we are all on amazing journeys toward our dreams and goals. Sometimes we take detours and sometimes there are setbacks, but the important thing is the journey. How we get there, who comes with us, what tries to stop us. It’s all important, and the more tools we have, the better prepared we are, the more fun and exciting the journey.
So that’s how I’ve come to this new focus.
And what does it take to follow your yellow brick road?
That’s next week’s blog.