January was a bit of a wash for me.
Though I was full of good intentions, my house needed attention, we travelled, and then I got that cold that lasts for 2 weeks or more. I know. I know. Excuses! I did write, not every day and not on the same thing each time.
This week was the Chinese New Year, though, so I am restarting my year. Come along with me and join in with my restart and recommit to your writing too!
For the past 2-3 months some ideas have been running around in my head.
- I need to focus on my writing
- I have spent too much time on social media, on pursuing speaking engagements, and the like
- Where do I want to be in December 2019.
I know I want to have books finished.
Done, delivered to editors, agents and anyone else willing to read them. If you have been following my blog or social media you know I have three projects at similar places right now.
- What I refer to as my Spiritual Self Help book. This is about my journey and attitude through, not only, cancer, but also, through my life. Sometimes this is hard to work on as I don’t want to be back there and I must be to work.
- A picture book, under wraps and in the back of my head for maybe 16 years until I met a lovely and talented author illustrator last summer who encouraged me to get going on it. Draft one is done.(WIN)
- My middle grade mystery–perhaps the most frustrating of the three — because I listened to too many advisors at the two conferences I went to last year. Next week’s blog deals with how I changed my decision making!
So the plan for February is to rewrite the middle grade mystery.
When I finish this draft I will ask the one author I trust most in the world for an opinion and to move forward with it after that depending on how it is received. And the author—my big brother in case you wondered.
I also promise to keep in mind my audience for this particular book.
9-12 year old readers, or ones on either side of that who are interested. I want to write a book that gets chosen by a kid. At that age kids are beginning to choose books separate from parents or teachers.(Though it would be great to have them think it was awesome also)
After that, heading into March, I will work on the self help book or the picture book. I plan to ask for help on that too. From one person. The man who gifted me inspiration for my characters from his pen.