A few months ago, I started free-writing a book that I really liked. A few weeks into that, I realized I needed to outline the book. I didn't want to give up on it, so I went out of my way to give it the best shot I could. That required writing a brief outline that I will now follow to the end. Ish. I'll make some twists and turns, and it'll look different by the end. But it gives me a chance to finish the book!
That's something I learned over the years. On our feed, you'll notice that this week we talk about my first novel. My trunk novel. It was awful. In no small part because I didn't have an outline. Not a good one, anyway.
Every time I finish a book, failure or success, it gives me the chance for a new beginning. I take what I learned from the last manuscript and see how it can apply to my next one. That cumulated knowledge will eventually propel to a successful career (what that looks like is a different topic that may only be discussed in hind-sight).
What do your new beginnings look like? Have you started something lately? Do you remember your first beginning?