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The Process – When Good Interviews Go Great

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I conducted an interview this morning that is part of a bigger story I’m working on. I am not at liberty to reveal the details of it yet, but let’s just say this is the first of what will be a series of articles I’m writing on a certain topic.

The interview went really well, and it reminded me of how you can come up with a story idea, go into it thinking one way, and come away from interviews with a different perspective on the topic you are writing about.

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Today’s focus is on writing and organizing my ongoing writing projects.

I have interview notes to transcribe, research to gather and outline, news buzzes to write, and deadlines to meet.

I remain grateful for the opportunities before me, and I am committed to protecting this life and not taking it for granted.

That means giving it my all even when I am sleepy, or uninspired, or experiencing distractions.

Nobody can do this for me but me; I’m all I got.

If this is what I truly want for myself, then it is up to me to keep making it happen.

My life is by my own design.

I am the protagonist in my life’s story, and I refuse to let anyone else write the book.

The Creative Life is the Life For Me

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My fellow creatives will understand this.

Do you ever have so many ideas and projects to push out that you feel like your brain is going to explode all over the place and you will never get anything done?

This is me right now.

My life as a writer is blowing up. Opportunities are presenting themselves every single day, and I am eternally grateful. I have the time and the space to make them all happen.

I hesitate to use the word overwhelmed, because there can be a negative connotation attached to it, but I feel overwhelmed in the sense that there is so much out there for me to touch and take, and sometimes I don’t know which one to tackle first.

I was talking to my friend, editor, and mentor Kirsten West Savali last night, and I was going over my list of ideas with her, trying to formulate a gameplan for how best to attack them. Everyone needs a Kirsten in their life. She pushes me to do more and makes me remember that I can do anything I set my mind to, and I love her for it.

Last night’s discussion involved the tossing around of ideas and her reaffirming that the track I am on is the right one. I’ve created a lane for myself, and it’s mine for the taking, and I need to maximize the platform I’ve been given to my advantage, because it only gets greater from here.

Between the creative ideas that I come up with myself and the story ideas people keep emailing me (thank you all!!!), the rest of 2017 is going to be very productive and very busy, and I’m here for it.

I get 86,400 seconds each day to be the best that I can be. My plan is to not waste a single one of them.

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