As I mentioned in a previous post, the summer of 2014 was a mess for me as far as the novel was concerned. I really was honestly trying to get it moving forward, but it fell apart. By the time I hit the end of the year, I admitted to myself that Full Autonomy wasn't going to see the light of day and completely stopped working on it.
I have always been very conflicted about my day job. I take it seriously. I do outstanding work and have outpaced everyone around me. But, it's also a dead end job.
I am far too goal oriented to accept that there is nowhere else to go. I have coworkers who are in their thirties and talk about their retirements. The heaviness of my situation really began to wear on me.
About this time, a friend of mine approached me and talked to me about starting my own thing. He had some great advice and I started producing some how-to videos for YouTube. I went from placing my creative efforts into writing a book and shifted them into starting my own business.
I knew that I could put all of my time and effort into making the business go. I'm confident enough in my abilities that as long as I could secure funding and get people to walk through the front door, I would be successful.
After a several months of pouring over this new endeavor, I had a revelation. I could see myself in five years time running a profitable business and being my own boss. And I knew that in five years, I would still be dreaming about writing that first book. It was at that moment when I stopped working on the business plan and stopped making how to videos. I poured every ounce of my effort into writing my book. That's the reason why on June 15th, 2015 I was able to say that I had completed the first draft of my novel.