Are you moving towards or away from your goals?
When it comes to a writer's bucket list, it matters not whether you take cautious steps or brash leaps towards your goals. The importance lies in the actual movement and the direction it takes.
That story or novel you want to write before you die isn't going to automagically appear.
Especially if you are spending all of your time writing to a niche that has nothing to do with what you want to accomplish. Not to say you should give up all your paying gigs and live the not so romantic life of a starving writer. Just take--or better yet create--at every opportunity a chance to be writing towards your passion.
Branch out of your comfort zone in a decisive direction, even if it is in small ways. Search for gigs that double as research for your main project. Interview people who will make fascinating characters or lend you the credibility to land interviews with bigger names. Make the writing you are doing to pay the bills count towards the writing that will make you happy.
Throw caution to the wind and apply for dream gigs. Go ahead and ask for the big interview. Move to the place you want to write about. Write the words you are desperate for someone to read.
Are you taking any steps towards your dreams?
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