Goals. We all have them. When I created my family's Christmas newsletter, I asked my family what their 2016 goals were. My husband wanted to take up wood carving. His father was quite the talented carver. My oldest daughter wished to learn how to tap dance! I'm happy to report that she has already participated in two classes. Her little sister takes them too. The boy wanted to play baseball. With his heart defects, we are just now getting use to our son playing rigorous sports. The season doesn't start until the summer, but we talked about spring training. For the time being, he and the older girl start archery lessons next month. It's a sport the husband and I took up years ago and just getting back into it. I have the sore arms to prove it. Little One's goal was to be a Minecraft Youtuber. Since her mom won't let her video herself while playing Minecraft, that goal will have to wait.
Me? To find an agent for my Carrick manuscript and finish the WW2 YA I started late last year. I try my very best to write every "business" day aka when the kids or the husband aren't home. Some days are great, the words flow, and I end up with 1000 words. I struggle and stumble on other days and I'm happy with 200 words. Two hundred words are better than none!
January, especially January 1, is the traditional time to set goals for the upcoming year. January 20th not so much. But, thankfully, goals can be set at any time. Whatever the day or time there is always nothing like the present. So here I am.
There I was until a plethora of phone calls to be dealt with and my nap of course. It’s a new day so I’ll try again. My goal for this year is to write one, yes, 1, page a day.
That is measly in the writing realm but if I can pull it off it will mean a book written. That is something I haven’t been able to accomplish the past couple of years. My medical saga continues with added complications. There may be a hospital stay in my near future but I’m hoping to do at home IV antibiotics. My challenges aren’t kids, work, or a busy schedule. They are low grade temps and the lethargy that brings and pain. Both corrode my determination. Every time I think I am ready to start writing a new crisis appears. So it’s time to write through the crisis. Even if the writing isn’t that good. As Rox used to day, “If you don’t have words on paper you can’t edit.” I’m going to imagine her cracking the whip--BICHOK
So, if I meet the challenge of figuring out the new blog you’ll be seeing this well after my 6th date. Did our mother’s often say, “Better late than never?”
By the way, has a list of topics been developed for 2016? Happy New Year!
Nina and Kathy I enjoyed both of your posts--just haven't figured out how to make a comment yet. Will work on that.
Author of Historical Romantic & Contemporary Suspense Novels.
BICHOK – Butt in chair hands on keyboard. This is my mantra for 2016.
You see I learned early I can dream up, think up, and research facts for a good story. However, if I don’t put my butt in my chair and put my hands on the keyboard, I will not write a darn thing.
I guess it’s like getting all the cleaning supplies to clean the house together in one place and then going out to lunch. Guess what the house doesn’t get clean and it is waiting for me when I get home. Actually staring me in the face almost laughing at me. You still have to clean – can’t get out of it. I think you get the picture.
My stories do that to me. I dream about them, think about them, read about or watch a show on TV about the time period. The second I am BICHOK my mind settles into my story and away I go or I should say away my fingers go. Sometimes my mind and fingers don’t always work together.
As a fairly new published author – my book came out last month. I find I am still developing my style of how I write. Up until now it has changed and I will not bore you with my previous methods. Because I have found each person needs to figure out what works for them because we are all different. But I will share with you my latest techniques.
I write mostly in the afternoons after lunch – Monday through Friday. Mornings are saved for the mundane duties; housework, gardening (in the morning because it is much cooler in Kansas), and other projects I find I have an interest in. Sometimes my writing continues after dinner for a few hours. I always like to re-read what I have previously written. The next writing day I correct any mistakes or rewrite a scene before I start the next chapter or scene. When I am doing rewrites, I follow the same plan.
Of course, there are times when I am in between stories. These times I will do research, read books or generally goof off until the story starts either talking to me or the characters do.
I promised my dear husband help with many of our house projects. I will let you know how that works out as the year progresses???
I wish you all luck with your writing and remember to make goals. Without goals, it is like starting a trip cross country without a map. You will never get to the end.
Appropriately for this time of year, I’m reflecting on 2015 and looking forward to what 2016 will offer. Personally 2015 included a new granddaughter, a deeper relationship with a beau I met the end of 2014 (who believed in my writing enough to buy me a tablet—not Big Chief—so I could write while we travel, just before my laptop died), amazing business and pleasure trips to Maryland, Tennessee, Oklahoma, Oregon and Colorado, plus a bucket list ride on the Durango-Silverton train. 2015 brought sorrow as well with the loss of my brother and others close to me, as well as a family loss.
Professionally, 2015 marked the publication of my third novel, What the River Knows, my first published by someone other than myself. I learned more than a graduate course from my editor during the polishing process. The process also taught me patience as submission to publication took almost two years. However, the end result was worth it. I worked on my website and platform, learned to tweet, and committed to monthly blogging on WARA. I did blow it in September, though, when the whole family gathered in Tennessee to meet new member Scarlett, and forgot my blog.
So what’s in store for 2016? Personally, more travel to visit family and perhaps a cruise to Italy with the beau (who is that rarity—a man who listens), a major tourist destination trail project at work, house painting and other projects, and who knows what else. Professionally, more BICHOK. I’m organizing my office, getting ready to purchase a desktop computer and looking forward to my first royalty check from The Wild Rose Press. They have requested to see my first novel, More Than a Point of Honor, if I can cut 35,000 words from it. I’m 2/3 through it and determined to make it. Then I have to plot and write the sequel to River and finish my romance Love’s Crossroads. I need to be more regular with my blogging and work harder to promote.
How about you? How did you do on your personal and professional goals for 2015? What do you want your 2016 to bring? Let’s share our goals and help each other meet them. BICHOK on!