Happy Monday, Story Artists!

This week is about: The finish line

“It’s not how you start the race or where you are during the race, it’s how you cross the FINISH LINE that will matter.”

– Robert D. Hales –

Loving the creative process is very important.

We have to enjoy the run, but there is no denying that a marathon is always difficult. It is hard on both body and mind. And no feeling in this world can compare to when you finally overcome the hardships and cross the finish line – it will literally change your life.

Runners also say: “The finish line is the beginning of a whole new race.” This is true for creatives as well. During the process, the marathon, you swear to yourself that this will be the last one. And if you give up now, this likely will be.

But as soon as you cross the finish line and send your creative product out into the world, you will be thinking about the next race, the next project. This feeling of accomplishment is addictive.

This week, I’m finishing my novel to submit it to my editor. This step is daunting for me, but at the same time exciting as my editor will be the first person to read this story. It’s not the finish line, but I feel I’m closer now.

I want to encourage you to keep your eyes on the finish line. The end of the year is terrifyingly close, a time where we will be looking at the goals we achieved, or maybe did not. Keep your eyes on the finish line, even if it seems far away. If you keep them there, you will always reach it, no matter how long it will take or how hard it will be.

Look at what you want to achieve, see the finished product in front of you, see the deadline approaching, not with dread but with excitement that it will force you to take a step closer to the finish line. Crossing it will change your life, believe me.

In addition, here are the inspirational resources that will rock your week:

  • Last week, I wrote a blog post about the 10 steps that will lead you to a creative life, and thus to happiness, arguing the case for creativity and how it can change everyone’s life. The steps are practical and proven, and I will surely elaborate on them more in the future.
  • For all the bloggers out there, here’s an extremely valuable and inspiring podcast episode on evergreen content that prompted me to dozens of ideas for my own blog: 7 Types of Evergreen Content for Your Blog
  • I discovered the Sell More Books Show to be so helpful during the past weeks, so I really want to encourage all the writers to listen to the Podcast! The last two episodes were full of great news and ideas, including the importance and effect of book covers, video storytelling and creating a multiverse.
  • I loooove Christopher Nolan, and I think he is one of the most genius storytellers of our time! This is why I’m so excited that all of his screenplays are finally online, for us to read, to learn and to marvel. Here’s where you can download them.
  • Hugh Howey is one of the most successful indie writers, and he published an insanely helpful and insightful blog post series on becoming a writer – take some coffee and enjoy!
  • Some social media growth hacks in this blog post.
  • If you like futurist stuff and TV Series, I encourage you to watch Black Mirror. Every episode stands completely on its own and explores futurist ideas and issues to a maximum. If you’re writing sci-fi, or are just a fan, you have to watch this series. (Don’t be irritated by Season 1, Episode 1. It’s really disturbing, but the other episodes are great. If you want to, skip this one altogether).

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