An artist friend of mine has been talking lately about some recent, significant improvements in her technique, and the time to shift the way she presents herself and her work online from that of a hobbyist to someone working toward a future career. It's not just a matter of getting better, but of a larger overall shift in her goals, ability, direction, and drive. A level-up.
So how do you know when you've leveled up? Here are a few handy ways to tell.
* Ability! You feel faster, stronger, more capable than you did before.
* Confidence! You defeat old challenges, deadlines, opponents, or dungeon bosses in less time than before.
* Hindsight! You have spare talent points to spend.
* Celebration! You were recently engulfed in a golden aura or heard an unexpected instrumental fanfare while performing some action.
* It's Super Effective! You don't understand any of these references but know you're no longer just a dabbler, hobbyist, amateur, or fiddler.
As predicted, eventually all necessary backstory and information fell into its pre-destined places within my wip, the sky opened up, and an ethereal chorus sang the glory of the moment. All was well. I just needed a few more to WIS and DEX, and had to take the Eviscerate Lore feat first.
It may just be confidence or ease of execution, or it may a change in mindset and intent, but eventually you'll grind out enough experience to gain that long-awaited level. Keep an ear sharp for that fanfare and enjoy the golden aura of achievement while it lasts...because you've got another whole level to go, and there's always another boost not yet gained.
So when was your last level-up? Do you notice those moments, announce "Ding!" to the world at large? Or do you just keep on grinding toward the distant goal of maxing out your level and attaining literary godhood? I'll be on and offline throughout the day, so share your thoughts on leveling up and I'll be back when I can to reply.
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