Tuesday, December 28, 2010
As I approach the new year, I always set new goals. I can't help myself, but often my goals are about sales. That's important of course, but I've found that, as writers and artists, we tend to produce much more than we ever sell.
Many of our products (books, stories, paintings, photographs) never find that new owner. We may set out with higher aspirations for them. As we move on to the next piece, however, we realize that most of the previous pieces were merely practice. They are our best work at the time, but through the process of producing them, we learn and improve our skills for the next piece.
So, this year, I'm going to concentrate on the process and the quality. I imagine the rest will take care of itself.