Hindsight is a priceless gift. We don't always have it, but when we notice it we need to take advantage of it.
This year, I chose to semi-theme my participation in the A to Z Challenge. I mainly focused on motherhood, marriage, and how each can intertwine with writing. It was a great time for me to remember events in my 20-year marriage that I'd forgotten about. I also found myself letting go of some mother-stresses to focus on the joy motherhood has brought me.
The opportunity to focus on a topic did not limit me. On the contrary, it guided me--or forced me--to put on a different set of goggles and see things in new and unique ways. I felt engaged to fully examine my experiences in ways I hadn't before. This method is useful to stretch my writing muscles as I edit and/or take on new projects.
I'm sure you, at times, are like me, seeing a project as a never-ending mountain with too many landslides. But if we break each slide down, see each step of the mountain for the step it is then we can conquer one outline, sentence, paragraph, scene, chapter, and eventually the entire storyline and numerous arcs we've created.
Let's take a new look at focusing on our projects, reflecting on each as individual pieces until the work is ready to be seen as a whole.