January 7, 2016

New Year, New Writing Hopes

The year is fresh and new.
Unwritten, 359 blank pages left.
It's daunting, no matter where life finds you right now.
The biggest thing for me though is that I take one day at a time.
And that includes writing.
  • Finish A Rose Long Awaited
  • Finish, edit and make plans to self publish my Christmas novella Wrapped in Red.
  • Write the third book in my Keystone Legacy series that finishes up the journey first begun with Amongst the Roses.
  • Fall into a routine of blogging.
  • Possibly...figure out, plan and launch my own critique/editing services to partner alongside other authors to bring out the very best in their work. { Yes this is a BIG dream...but one that's not letting go. }
  • Possibly...write another Civil War novel set in Pennsylvania. I have a lot of options therein and a dream is to write one set in my home city during the War Between the States.
  • Possibly...finish my 1830's English novel.

My type-A personality first thinks to make a concrete list of plans in every area of life. But if there's anything I'm learning--work in progress here!--it's that I can't plan. And I also can't have any expectations. BUT I have hope. Always hope. And so my writing goals are more hope-fueled than anything else--as I continually have to give every novel, every chapter, every page and every word back to the Lord to do with what He wills. Easier said than done by far and one of the biggest things I'm working on is letting go of the expectation that this one novel will be my big break because it may not be. Ever, or not see print for a long while yet.
Bottom line is, and you can take encouragement from this wherever you are in your own writing: just keep writing.