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Victory or Bust

How I’m psyching myself up for success.

Podcast Episode #24

My name is Naomi Shibles and I’m here to tell you Why I Need This Author Gig.

With each episode, I’ll share a little bit about my writing journey, sprinkled with some anecdotes so that we can share a laugh.

In this episode, I cover:

  • Listening to intuition

  • 🤩 + ✍️ = 🏆

  • The importance of kayaking

back of person kayaking on a lake
Image by Oladapo Olusola from Pixabay


Guess what?

I’m going to a writing retreat this weekend! This is a first for me and whatever happens, I’m certain that it will be important. Do you ever get feelings like that? Like something is about to change your outlook—or even your life—in some way?

I do, but maybe that’s just because we tend to pour more effort into things that excite us. For example, I’m excited about this writing retreat. It’s really only about two-and-a-half days long, so I’m determined to get the most out of it. How can I do that?

I’ve spent time today considering what I want to get out of this experience. I’ve catalogued my assets, prioritized my projects, and made a list of goals. Would I have done this otherwise? Unclear.

But I did it now, and I can tell you that either through my own efforts or by some divine interference—probably a combination of both—this retreat is going to be important for me.

You probably think that I’m betting on getting ‘discovered’ in some way while I’m there. While I’m always open to that eventuality, it could just be discovering that writing retreats are my thing. It could just be learning that writing retreats are NOT my thing. Doubtful.

Here’s what has become evident:

If you find an aspect about your work that excites you, you will subsequently focus energy on that aspect, which will result in getting one step closer to victory!

Here’s the equation to remember: 🤩 + ✍️ = 🏆

So if you’re stuck, bored, or lousy with indecision, the trick is to insert some exciting element like a workshop, critique group, new set of gel pens, fresh POV, etc. Doing so is something that you can control in this industry where it seems like most things are out of our hands.

BTW, if you’re wondering about my goals for the writing retreat, they are as follows:

  1. Learn how to make money from assets

    1. Detail time allocation

    2. Create production and launch plan

  2. Learn how to build interest

  3. Go kayaking

What do you think? Is all of this doable in two-and-a-half days?

I’ll let you know how it goes!


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