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This is what the dictionary says for change as a verb.
1 a: to make different in some particular- alter
b: to make radically different: transform
c: to give a different position, course, or direction to
2 a: to replace with another
b: to make a shift from one to another- switch
c: to exchange for an equivalent sum or comparable item
d: to undergo a modification of
e: to put fresh clothes or covering on
As I wrote these, I realized that everyone of them- other than fresh clothes ;) - has happened to me since January of this year. And the amazing thing is I can sit here and even though I am 3 months behind in getting a new book out, I'm calm and not sweating it.
Alter- I have altered my way of thinking about having to get a "product", be it a book, box set, or audio book, out every month. I have a life with more grandchildren living closer and new adventures that keep turning up. I want a life outside of writing. This is something I altered this year.
Transform - It isn't radically different, but I've transformed my process of writing in the last two years and it has helped me to produce books even when, at times, my life feels chaotic.
Different course or direction - I made the conscious decision this year to only write mystery books. It was a relief to be able to focus on one genre, the one I love the most.
To replace with another - that would be the above. I have replaced romance with mystery.
Switch - I switched my way of thinking that I had to be everywhere all the time to be seen. I'm now part of fewer group blogs and I am only doing Facebook for social media and keeping my focus on FB groups who read what I write rather than trying to be involved in everything halfway related to what I write.
To exchange - I have exchanged my FB schmoozing time to doing ads for my books.
Modification - I have modified how I view social media and how I push myself to get books written.
Fresh clothes - Yes I still change my clothes every day! LOL
These changes I've made in my writing life this year have made me a happier, less frantic person and I've been able to relax and enjoy the opportunities that have come my way.
Look at your life and see if you need to make a change or two to make you happier or more fulfilled.
Paty Jager is an award-winning author of 40 novels, 8 novellas, and numerous anthologies of murder mystery and western romance. All her work has Western or Native American elements in them along with hints of humor and engaging characters. Paty and her husband raise alfalfa hay in rural eastern Oregon. Riding horses and battling rattlesnakes, she not only writes the western lifestyle, she lives it.