On Tuesday, November 6th, the polls will open and as American citizens it is our right and duty to cast our ballot for the person who we feel will best fulfill the role as president.  Now is point of inflection, a time of change and a moment of choice.

But how do you make this important decision?

You weigh both sides.  You educate yourself. You think about which issues are important to you and why.  You assess which person you believe will actually tackle the issues about which you care.  You listen to what each person says and decide who you believe and how much of it you believe.  You consider the ramifications of both outcomes.

The country being on the eve of change brings to mind other times when one must decide to stay the coarse or forge a new path.  After all, our lives are a series of transformations.  We are often forced to adjust our thoughts and ideas as well as alter our plans.  We need to constantly make modifications in order to adapt to the changes around us.  Matters of marriage, family, and career can be volatile and stability is often maintained by making a series of changes based on choices of whether to stay or move forward.     

Writers must often confront the challenge of managing the creative process of their work by making difficult choices.  All writers have reached a point in their work when they must decide if a particular piece of writing is worth continuing or if it is better to abandon it and start anew.  Stay the coarse or forge a new path?  

But how do you make this important decision?

You weigh both sides.  You think about what is important to you and why.  You assess which piece of writing you believe is actually worth taking to fruition and decide if you can do so.  You consider the ramifications of both outcomes.  

If you are working on a particular piece that isn’t going well, you have to ask yourself some questions.  Is it possible to continue with this piece, overcome the block, flesh it out and finish it successfully?  Is it worth your time and effort to do so?  Can you take some time away from it and come back, refreshed and willing to work it out?  Are you creatively energized by the project?  Are you forcing it instead of allowing it to flow?  Should you stay the course?

There are also considerations to be made when deciding whether to scrap the piece and start another.  Are you so bogged down in your current writing that you can’t foresee any future work being productive?  Do you know what the barriers are to completing the writing?  Can you overcome them?  Would you feel that beginning a new project was purely a copout to finishing your other one?  Does the thought of a new writing project recharge you? Should you forge a new path?

Only you can answer these questions and only you can decide which direction is best for you as a writer.  But sometimes in writing as in politics you can have bipartisanship.  You could work on your existing project concurrently with a new piece, perhaps even merging ideas to produce even better writing.

Regardless of how you cast your ballot on November 6th, remember when voting the write way, it is often more a matter of following your heart, going with your gut, and choosing the road you know will take you where you need to go.

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