The Big Picture

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Are you a planner or a pantser? A details person or a big-picture person? Coffee or tea? Knit or crochet? Democrat or Rep—oh, well, you get the picture.

Me, I’m a planner, big-picture seer, knitting, coffee-drinking woo enthusiast.

So far, I’ve made it work. I mean, I haven’t invented the world’s best author planner and talked about it with Oprah over a cup of Ethiopian pour-over, but I do okay. But even so, I tend to get caught up in the minutiae of things. It’s important to take a step back and look at everything all together. So very important. Yet so very easy to forget to do.

As you probably know, there are approximately twelve billion different things to remember, post, plan, schedule, and pay for when writing and publishing a book. And as writers, we share ideas on how to stay organized and on track. As editors, we share ideas on how to make your book better. And here at The Big Picture HQ, we want to give you some gentle reminders and inspiration on how to keep your ultimate goals intact.

When I’m not reading, writing, or editing, I teach yoga. I help people relax, stay flexible, breathe deeply, relieve stress and pain, and just move their bodies around to feel good. In yoga, we tend to “go within” to understand how we’re really feeling, both physically and emotionally. But it’s not just during yoga class that this comes in handy.

It might sound like I’m contradicting myself: go within, to get the big picture? But if you follow me down this rabbit hole, it actually does make sense.

It’s important for each of us to know why we are writing; what we want to get out of the experience and what really drives our motivation. And once we’ve identified our why, it’s important to remind ourselves of that reason, and to revisit it from time to time. Our interests change, our life situations change—it stands to reason that our writing goals change, too.

When I teach yoga, I use words to help guide people into a deeper understanding of their own life experience (damn, that sounds good, I should write that down!). You won’t have to light any incense before you read this column, but you might be inspired to dig a little deeper in order to really see what your purpose is. Because when we act with purpose and intention, there’s a whole lot more energy behind what we accomplish. In fact, sometimes we can effort less, and achieve more, when we have a strong why.

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