Autumn is in full swing in South Carolina.
The leaves are all sorts of color, many of them floating to the ground on the gentle breezes we love so much about this time of year. The sights, smells, and events of fall have always been some of my favorites. I hope fall in your neck of the woods is thoroughly enjoyable as well.
How’s My Book Going?
Glad you asked.
The past couple weekends have been really successful in my book writing process.
Right now, I’m in the middle of editing the second draft, making changes in sentences, paragraphs, and even deleting whole sections. I’m reworking lots of my writing voice from last year because some of it is quite unpolished and disjointed. Because a couple of my awesome friends volunteered to edit the book’s first draft and gave me feedback, I’m able to evaluate my writing with different perspectives. And for that, I’m very, very grateful. It’s becoming a much better book than it would have been without them.
I’m pleased to announce that I’m over 40% done with editing my second draft!
As I was working on a few chapters this past weekend, I came across this little section that I want to share with you.
An Excerpt From The Book
All of us reach turning points.
At some moment in our lives, we realize we donʼt really want to do what we thought we wanted to do, so we step onto a new path. We cast seed onto different land, hoping something takes root. The seasons change and the earth warms up, nutrients buzzing into new life.
Music was mine.
The music I listened to in high school, and especially the music I began to write and play, really impacted me. It was how my friends and I expressed ourselves and contributed to the world (even though few people other than our mothers ever heard the songs we performed).
Because of music, I got a chance to travel for a summer.
Because I traveled, I grew more curious about the world and wanted to experience more local cultures.
Because I grew curious, I grew bolder in seeking out cities and wildernesses foreign to me. And I moved several times because of that boldness I gained, and got jobs and great friends because of it.
What’s Your Turning Point?
I wonder: what was it for you?
Maybe a conversation sparked your interest in the subject you studied in college, then got a job in that field.
Maybe a bad relationship caused you to rethink everything you knew, and one day you were studying in the library and met the person you’re with now.
Who knows what little turning points cross our paths every day.
Maybe this blog entry caught you at just the right moment. Maybe this is your turning point.
You don’t have to hold on to what you feel obligated to. You can let go of the baggage that weighs you down so you can move forward.
You can choose this moment to say yes to new opportunity.
Maybe this turning point will change your whole story, and it will be a story worth telling to many people someday.
Start by telling part of your story today. Comment below by sharing what turning point made a huge difference in your life.
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