It’s been over two years since the release of my debut novel, The Truth About Awiti. At the time, I thought I was just reaching a personal milestone – writing and publishing a book. I had no idea I was in the process of changing my life.
In retrospect, writing my first novel served so many purposes. It was an escape from a career that I no longer loved but was afraid to leave. Writing provided a healthy outlet for the frustration I had for the state of race relations in America. Historical fiction was a way to honor my ancestors through storytelling lesser known aspects of African and African American history. From the moment I picked up my pen and started writing The Truth About Awiti, it was everything to me.
While I set goals to work on The Truth About Awiti every day, it just wasn’t possible at times. And there were chapters that were so difficult to write, once I finished them I didn’t have the desire to work on the novel for weeks. (If you’ve read TTAA, Chapter 15: I Showed Myself, is one of those chapters.) Still, I was committed to finishing. And that’s the only reason the book is published.
Commit to finishing. It’s a healthy approach to most projects, particularly when it comes to seemingly impossible tasks such as writing your first novel or decluttering your home. (Check out these 10 Creative Ways to Declutter Your Home) Often, we put too much pressure on ourselves with unrealistic daily goals and requirements, and then we feel like failures when we don’t meet them. Rather, I suggest to commit to finish – whatever the task. And slowly but surely, you’ll get the job done. Always.