I am at a crossroads in my career path.
I love that image, by the way; it implies a momentary pause in a purposeful journey. In order to reach a “crossroads,” you must choose a clear direction, proceed vigorously, and cover enough distance to reach this alternate path that has revealed itself. At which point you pause to study the possibilities, then once again move forward — hopefully with renewed vigor and increased certainty — down one path or the other.
With luck, there is a sign at the crossroads. A clear sign. One that points you emphatically down one path or the other.
Because the pause should be momentary, and the journey purposeful.
And we all know what happens if you stand at the crossroads too long. You get run over.
Well, I’ve been standing at this particular crossroads for so long that I’ve started to take root. If I don’t pick a direction pretty darn soon and start moving, I will stand here forevermore. There are either no signs or conflicting signs; at any rate, I can’t make ’em out. I honestly don’t know which path is the right one — I just know that standing here, going nowhere, is getting me … well … nowhere.
I hate to bore you with the details of how I got here and why I’m stuck. Suffice it to say that I’m here, and I’m stuck.
PATH A: I’ve always written historical romances. I’m pretty good at it. They’ve been modestly successful. I should write another.
PATH B: Writing YA paranormal is fun. WICKED COOL was never meant to be a stand-alone book. I should write a sequel.
PATH C: These are supposed to be my peak earning years. [ha, ha] I should put the writing on hold until I retire.
Good grief, where did PATH C come from? Well, never mind; it’s appeared, and now seems just as clear and reasonable as the others. If I stand here long enough, chewing my nails and dithering, will a PATH D emerge? And if it does, will my choice be any clearer??
In the grand scheme of things, my choice could hardly matter less. But to me, naturally, it is momentous. ::sigh::
So what do YOU do, in a fix like this? I know I’m not the first person to face this predicament. After all, somebody invented the coin toss…