Every day we're faced with choices. Will I get up early, or sleep in until I have to go to work? Will I have coffee or tea with breakfast? Do I need to prep dinner in advance, or is there something I can throw together when I get home?
As a writer, the choices I have to make are changing almost as fast as the landscape of the publishing industry. That's one of the reasons I'm writing short stories for a couple of weeks before I jump back into my book. It's not just a chance to try to get my writing out into the world, it's a chance to sit back and look at the publishing industry and create something that SHOULD be able to find a home without worrying about whether or not the medium of publication will even be around in three years.
There are other choices to make, too. Like, should I stick with the genre I've been writing? Should I move to a different age-group? How should I approach publication?
I'm in a constant state of reevaluation, and if I hope to succeed in this industry, I need to stay aware of what's going on in the publishing world.
Of course, I can't obsess over the business side of things at this point in my career, but I need to keep an eye on what's happening out there.
What questions do you ask yourself every day? And how do those questions change as you evolve in your process?