Tuesday, December 28, 2010

The Process


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.

11 comments:

Gail said...

A wonderful thought...enjoy the doing.

Mason Canyon said...

An inspiring post. This could apply to a lot of areas of our lives. Thanks for the reminder.

Mason
Thoughts in Progress

Shakespeare said...

I am so glad you did this! I will resolve the same. For the last few years, it has all been about marketing, but I haven't been able to bring the quality of my writing up enough yet for that.

Quality and process. That's my goal as well. Thanks!

Caren Gittleman said...

I love that philosophy!

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Lou ... I think you're right .. and as Mason says .. will cross the boundaries of life.

Good luck and here's to success for us all in 2011 .. happy days ahead .. Hilary

Midwestern Mama Holly said...

Great goals!! I hope that you had the best Christmas ever and the New Year brings you nothing but great quality and endless creativity!!

Jeff King said...

Same here...

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