To give some context, I started writing more than 30 years ago and it is ten years now since my first book released. In that decade, I've had eight novels, nine stage plays, several short stories, two non-fiction books, an illustrated children's book, and numerous articles published. I've worked with traditional publishers, vanity presses, and tried self publishing. I've acquired an agent and I've lost an agent. I've joined various groups, most notably InScribe in 2010, getting involved in various capacities until I now serve as president. When I look back at my track record, it appears quite productive. Still, there is always the sense that I could do more; that there are so many stories that need to be written. Time is running out and there must be a way to accelerate the process.
Some reality checks in the past couple of years have helped me focus more on God's timing than my own. I realize that stress can kill - literally, so I try not to take myself and my goals too seriously. Plans are a good thing as long as they don't become an obsession. It's why I felt the urge to purposely decide to 'go with the flow' this year when it comes to my writing. I still have a list of projects and goals, but I'm giving myself permission to ignore it.