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"M.A.I." Motivation Monday: The Power of deviating to discover progress is still possible

Greetings and Good Monday Morning!

I hope that you've had a beautiful and relaxing weekend, and that your week is off to a wonderful beginning. This past weekend has been a great one for me. I've spent the weekend promoting my third book, plotting my fourth book, working with my editor, and spending time with family. All of these productive tasks has led to me remembering how my passion for writing fuels my purpose. This is realization sparked the reason for my post this week. So without further delay let's dive right into this week's message.

"Progress is not possible without deviation." - Frank Zappa

Over the weekend, I found this quote and I was going to talk about it on my podcast, but I couldn't hold it that long. I thought about how when I began writing Perfect Chemistry in 2019, I wanted desperately to write it in 17 writing days like my second book, Three's a Charm, but I couldn't focus. When the pandemic hit in 2020, I was a wreck writing wise. The book took longer than I anticipated, and I finished it in the midst of a global pandemic. In December 2020 to be exact. It took me through a number of emotional ups and downs. As I wrote, I truly connected with my characters as if they were real people. It brought out feelings of loss, love, and dealing with challenges within relationships that I never expected to face through my character's lens. I was raw with emotion in 2020, and I poured it out in parts of this book. I thought about the emotional weight of living through the pandemic in 2020, and watching so many lives lost to the COVID19 virus that was ravaging our society. I thought about the Black lives we lost with Ahmaud Arbery, Breona Taylor, and George Floyd to name a few, and racial unrest and protests that occurred, as a result. My heart filled with emotion, it drew me into this world. Into this story and the heart of Zora is where I retreated, and buried many of my feelings and thoughts. I wanted her to seem real, I wanted her story to be palatable, and I wanted love to be the redeeming factor of it all. Love is what she needed, and love is where she found healing. I learned a lot, as I deviated from my original goal of completing the book in early 2020, but even in the midst of every thing that was going on made progress, and that was the biggest lesson. To keep pushing to make progress whether small steps or giant leaps.

While I promote and feel a sense of pride for completing my third book, I find my spirit stirring with joy and ideas for my next book. I'm excited again about expanding the world of my characters. As you pursue your dreams, and put faith and effort behind your gifts and talents never forget that you can deviate from your original plan. Even if you didn't expect for a deviation it doesn't mean the end of it all, it doesn't mean that you cannot make progress. You can and you will make great progress, but be flexible and willing to flow with it.

As I close, I want to give you a virtual push for your progress even if you have to deviate! Also, my editor is amazing. She has a heart of platinum! I want to shout out Joyce Mochrie of One Last Look Copyedits. If you're in the market for an excellent editor that provides great quality, professional editing services please check her out (Click here to visit One Last Look Copyedits website)! Until my next post, I wish you all well and have a excellent week!

Charmyra E. Fleming is a romance author with a deep desire to M.OTIVATE | A.SPIRE | I.NSPIRE, her readers and beyond to live their lives with purpose, intention, and full of passion. She is the author of The Violet Rose and Three's a Charm romance novels. Thank you for reading her blog post this morning. Hey, do her a favor, if you like or love this post, comment on it. She'd love to hear your feedback. Also, please feel free to share it with your family and friends in the social media universe. Your support is greatly appreciated!

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