Over the years, I've taken a couple different courses in starting businesses. I haven't been successful yet, but I did pick up a really important talent: creating a business plan. Whenever I do this, I find myself enjoying the process, even to the point of exhilaration. It's exciting to think of all the possibilities you could possibly take and pick the direction you want to go in. You decide who your market and audience is going to be and how you're going to get their attention. You step back and honestly try to assess the feasibility of what you're doing.
I started writing a business plan for my writing career this weekend. I'm not foolish and I know there are some things over which I have no control. I don't know when I'm going to get published and if or when I'm going to be famous. But that's not the point. The point is to exam your possibilities and pick a course. The point is to make a plan for your journey so you know where you're going. And that's what I feel like I'm doing right now. I'm embarking on a journey as a writer.
So I set up a schedule for myself where I'm doing something related to my writing career practically every day. I think it's pretty ambitious. Of course, my wife will tell me when I've spent too much time in my laboratory, cooking up a new monster to unleash on the world. She knows how I can get lost in a new project and forget to do the important things like tend to life. I get tunnel vision when I work on a new business and tunnel vision when I write. So, I'll need someone to snap me back to reality.
Well, I look forward to getting lost in this project. Do me a favor and send me a note if you haven't heard from me in a while. Fire off a flare. Send out a search party. Have them check my desk first.