“Learning to live in the present moment is a part of the path of joy.”Wow, what a concept! I need those words right now. I need to take them to myself, take them into my heart and my soul. For the past few weeks, I’ve been absorbed in book sales--watching my Amazon dashboard graph, doing a happy dance when it’s up and fuming when it drops back again. The stress and worry has prevented me from writing. How ironic is that? Selling books is giving me writer’s block.
But, today, I made a conscious decision to stop stewing and obsessively checking my dashboard. I’m letting go of sales and marketing stress. It’s not serving me, and besides, outside of doing sensible promotions, I can’t, in any way, control what happens with these novels. I’ve had lots of people tell me they read and loved the Women of Willow Bay books and are looking forward to more. Those words warm my heart and remind me why I wrote the books in the first place. Because I love to write.
So, I’m getting back to the joy of writing. Back to listening to the people in my head and weaving stories about them. Back to the creative process--to storytelling. And most especially back to the here and now. No more vexed and anxious thoughts about how the books are selling and whether or not my Amazon ranking is at all respectable.
Instead, now, I’m going to revel in the wondrous fact that I've written four novels and they're all published! I’m going to rejoice in the knowledge that I’m working on another, have one on the back burner, and a long line of characters in my imagination waiting for their stories to be told. I’m going to be grateful for my work and my writing and my family and my friends.