Seeing it Differently

Uncategorized Feb 22, 2020

I can't really tell you how many times I have started and stopped a writing project. I have a handful of outlines, drafts, book proposals and half written manuscripts. For a long time that weighed on me. It was a looming reminded of failure, bringing my focus to what I had not done.

Today I see it differently, instead of seeing what I haven't done, I see all that I have. Instead of thinking, wow it took me this long, I look back over the entire journey. 

For my upcoming book, Analogies, Energies & Celestial Bodies, I wanted to find some poetic words to open. I was looking through quotes from other people, searching for the right one. When I thought about the pages and pages of journals sitting in my closet. 

As I started to look through them all I realize how much I have written, even the words no one will read are still words in the world. Even if I am the only one who gets to experience them, that's still something to celebrate. 

So now I see it this way, sure publishing is cool, sure sharing your words with readers is great, but none of that is as fulfilling as the feeling of writing. Are we writing for ourselves, or someone else? Either answer is okay, but one will feel infinitely different than the other. 

Analogies, Energies & Celestial Bodies is the book I wanted to see in the world. It's the book I wish I could have read when I was a teenager to better understand myself. It's a book I wish my parents could have read to better understand myself. It's a book I wish the world had because a world where people know better, becomes better. I wrote this book for teenage me and for my future self. I wrote it because I love to write. However now as it's come to life, I see it's a book for all of humanity. 

Pre-orders opening soon! Pre-orders offer signed copies with Sun, Moon and Rising sign handwritten on the inner cover. Jump on this list to be notified via email as soon as pre-orders open:

http://www.shannonhugman.com/book-pre-order-opt-in

Everyday until launch on the Equinox, March 20, of my new book I will be sharing a story about the creative process because some of the stories that brought this book to life are *almost* as good as the book itself! 

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