What a wonderful but crazy month. Christmas is my favorite holiday. I love the excitement and anticipation of both giving and receiving gifts. I love spending time with my family keeping old traditions and making new ones. I think what is most amazing however, is to watch how people everywhere seem to be kinder and more giving of themselves, their money and their time.
Now that the holiday’s are behind me, I’m ready to move forward into the new year with a determination to write more. Now that I know what I’m capable of, I have no excuse but to finish the books I have started and move onto other stories. I’ve had many people ask me when I’m going to get the second book of Soul Conquest done. Sadly, I’ve not put the time into it that I should have and my fans have had to wait. I plan to fix that this year. I will finish the first draft by the end of January and plan to have the second and third draft done by the end of February. At that point I’ll send it to my editor and go from there.
Yahoo to 2016 and a new year of goals and success!
I made a goal to write 50,000 words in one month. I struggle with making writing one of my priorities. I have seven children, six of which are still at home. I’m busy with church, volunteering and keeping my house and small farm running and in good order. I’ve felt for a long time that I need to write more but haven’t seen how I could possibly fit it into my busy schedule.
So I challenged myself to see if I could do it. By midnight on November 30th I ended with almost 48,000 words written. I wrote 18,000 of those words on the 30th.
This is what I discovered. I can easily carve out two hours, five days a week, without jeopardizing my other responsibilities. I no longer have the excuse to tell myself that I’m too busy to write.
I need to get to work and get my stories written. Funny how I need to prove to myself that I can do it. My progress is halted or pushed forward by my one fears and desires. This goal was just one more step toward my road to success.
So what is it that’s keeping you from succeeding?
I have a little over a week to write 25,000 words. The task seems very daunting, especially since it’s taken me twenty-three days to write the first 25,000. At first I was very excited. Even getting up at 4:30 in the morning just to make sure I had time in the day to get it done. My enthusiasm, however has dwindled considerably. I find that I really don’t like what I’ve written which makes it hard to continue. I want the quality to be better, but when you’re working on quantity it’s hard to achieve success in quality. I keep telling myself that I’m doing this to prove to myself that I can write more then I think I can. I’m a little stubborn that way. I will finish this just to prove that I can.
Okay, now that I’ve finished my little rant it’s back to writing I go…I just can’t forget to wake the kids up for school…
It doesn’t take much, for me to put off, what I love to do for what I think I must do. This has been one of those years. Don’t get me wrong, it’s been an amazing year but I just couldn’t quite balance everything that I had on my list. So to get myself back into the habit of writing, I challenged myself to write 50,000 words in one month. I signed up for the NaNoWriMo challenge.
I started writing a novel that I’ve been thinking about for some time. I even woke up at 4:30 am to try and get more time out of my day. So far I’m only at 23,000 words but I still have time. The great thing about this challenge is I’ve started writing again daily. The real trick is to keep going.
Here I am a month after my last post. I would say I’ve been rather unsuccessful in fighting the pull that the outdoors has on me. I received a call today from a friend that wanted to know if I had finished my second book in the series “Soul Conquest.” I felt awful to have to tell her that it was not yet finished. Sometimes I forget that people are interested. It sure helps me to have a greater desire to write knowing that people are eager to read more. This time of the year is the busiest for me. I spend so much time working in my garden and farm that I have less time to write. I hope to change that this summer. Hopefully I will get a laptop which will allow me to sit outside in the beautiful summer weather and write. That should help. I don’t like being inside on nice days.
Spring is here and with it the battle between two hobbies. I love working outdoors. During the spring and summer I spend hours and hours working on my yard and garden. Usually that means that writing is put away on a shelf waiting for the day when the rain returns and the cold sets in. This year I don’t want to set my writing aside. I want to continue to imagine and write. I will try and balance both hobbies better this year and see if I have the strength to pull myself inside every now and again to let my mind venture into worlds and troubles unknown.
This is one of my all time favorite quotes—
“The desire to create is one of the deepest yearnings of the human soul. No matter our talents, education, backgrounds, or abilities, we each have an inherent wish to create something that did not exist before.
Everyone can create. You don’t need money, position, or influence in order to create something of substance or beauty.
Creation brings deep satisfaction and fulfillment. We develop ourselves and others when we take unorganized matter into our hands and mold it into something of beauty—and I am not talking about the process of cleaning the rooms of your teenage children.
You might say, “I’m not the creative type. When I sing, I’m always half a tone above or below the note. I cannot draw a line without a ruler. And the only practical use for my homemade bread is as a paperweight or as a doorstop.”
If that is how you feel, think again, and remember that you are spirit daughters of the most creative Being in the universe. Isn’t it remarkable to think that your very spirits are fashioned by an endlessly creative and eternally compassionate God? Think about it—your spirit body is a masterpiece, created with a beauty, function, and capacity beyond imagination.”
–PRESIDENT DIETER F. UCHTDORF
One of the young members of our writers group brought up the idea of a mid month write-in. This is in addition to our monthly meeting in which we critique and review each others work. We are very excited about it. Each member takes a turn each month. That way everyone has a chance to pick the time, date and venue that best fits their interest. Then as many as can try and make it. We are hoping this will be a great success and encourage us even more to continue in writing endeavors.
I have found that there are many different ways that people can help you in achieving your goals in writing. Recently my sister and I decided we would support each other in our unique talents. She loves art but criticizes herself and her art projects the same way I do my writing. So she decided she would be my writing partner.
I have been amazed at what a difference someone else can make. Every day she sends me a quote, joke, inspiration or advice that she found on line. She does not write novels but has been invaluable to me as I wake up every morning with her message waiting for me. Since she started doing this I have written twice as often as I used too. It’s been great.
I would suggest finding someone that can help encourage you to write on a daily basis. It can make all the difference.
Writing is the pondering of the soul. Every soul is beautiful in its unique abilities and talents. I think writing is one way the soul yearns to express itself. There are so many different kinds of writers. My mom can write expressions of love that are beautiful. Mine always come out tacky and boring. My sister can write the things that she feels. I always struggle putting feelings into words. My son can write poems that combine words and images in a way that make you think long after you’ve finished reading it.
Then theirs me. I like to write stories. Most of the time they are heart wrenching stories of struggle. I love to write stories were their are heroes. Heroes over their own lives and circumstances. This brings great joy to me. It is the way my soul has learned to express itself.
I continue to be amazed at the talents God has given each of us. The women that drew the art for my book cover did an amazing job. It was such a miracle to me that I could describe an image in my mind and she could make it appear for all to see. Amazing. I am so grateful for the different talents we each have. It makes me smile. I love to see the art my son can draw, the dance moves one of my other sons creates. The poems that dance around in another sons head. The different views of the world that each of my children have. I am grateful to be alive to experience it all.