As we all know, the passing of an old year and the dawn of a new one gives us opportunities to reflect on what went before and what we can do better this time around. I think I’m past the stage where I make resolutions, but I am goal-oriented so I must have targets.
So far, my publishing goals for 2014 include the book I have slated for release in March and the knowledge that I want to finish the third book in my young adult series. I am aware that I need to set some other goals, but that’ll be done soon.
The one thing I’m trying hard to do this year is to be disciplined with my writing. I don’t have anything resembling a schedule, not have I ever had one. This method or lack of it, has worked for me thus far, but I know it’s possible to achieve more if I write consistently. I don’t intend to stifle my creativity, but I do know that with a little discipline, I can do lots better than I’m doing now. I’m working with the premise that even ten minutes each day counts as progress.
I’ve jumped back into a book I should have published in September 2013. I lost my passion for the story. I think the whole third-in-the-series syndrome kicked in and stole my enthusiasm. You know that feeling you get when you’re stuck with getting through the series, and you kinda hate your main character? And you feel as if you can’t work up the energy it takes to get through this next story?
I’ve dusted off that third book since January 1 and started adding to it and since I’m going to take the MC on a voyage of discovery, I’m more enthusiastic about her journey. Trust me, she’s one character that needs an attitude adjustment. Kinda like the word art below that's giving me fits to get it sized right.
So, d'you have any stories that you’ve put on the back burner because you lost the will to write it? Any hope that you’ll do something with it in this new year that’s filled with new opportunities? Any new projects calling your name?