My main career goal right now is to publish a novel, but I’ve lately spent some time writing short stories for contests and for content for my own site/email subscribers. The trade-off is paying off! Today my first story is releasing in the anthology A Bit of Christmas.
It feels like a big deal to finally have something with my name on it listed on Amazon. It’s not the novel I’ve been working on for years, but it is a story I’m proud of, and it’s a victory I wouldn’t have had if I’d focused all my time and energy on my novels.
I’m reminded of Ecclesiastes 11:6, which says, Sow your seed in the morning, and do not stop working until the evening; for you do not know which activity will succeed –whether this one or that one, or whether both will prosper equally. (NET)
Or, of course, there’s the familiar saying, Don’t put all your eggs in one basket.
I’m posting this because I’m sure it doesn’t apply to only writing. Whatever goal you’re working toward, consider what side or secondary projects you could take on to try to support or supplement your main goal. You may be surprised at how well things turn out!