Deadlines

I realized recently that I’ve been going about my writing goals the wrong way. I have always tried to set time aside for my writing. Sadly, I allow other priorities to encroach on that time.

I’ve discovered a new approach. Deadlines. Just to be clear, I hate the very idea of deadlines. I’ve always felt it restricts the fluidity of my time and schedule. Also I am not a lover of stress. I despise it in fact. Deadlines create stress. Well, at least they do for me. However, I’ve learned that if I don’t set a deadline the goal is unlikely to be completed.

So, I’m excited to say I have decided to, bite the bullet, and be more successful by making deadlines for my books.

I will have Soul Conquest the Refiners fire ready to print by the end of June as well as a 2nd edition of the first book finished and reprinted.

I’m also working on two more books that I plan to have ready for release by the end of the year. One is about a wizard and the other one is about a boy that inherits a curse.

I’ve also decided to write some children’s books that I hope you enjoy.

Please join my journey as I work on releasing the many stories that have been circulating in my head.

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Out with the old and in with the new

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!

Hard Work

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?