The holidays are over and it is time to buckle down. I am guessing that many of you made New Year’s resolutions to write more, publicize more, and learn more.
Yeah. Me, too.
I’m also trying some new things. Instead of writing this next book starting with line one, chapter one, I’ve been writing it in scenes. Some scenes are vivid in my mind now and if I wait until I get to that point in the manuscript, they will have faded and won’t have that excitement of the first draft.
I will then have the pleasure of connecting them together. Seamlessly, I hope. Like a patchwork quilt, the joined segments will make a picture in whole.
The result is I approach writing with more enthusiasm, and that has to be a good thing.
The second thing is I am writing a short story. I have often said short stories are much more difficult to write than a novel, but I think every writer should challenge himself or herself to get out of the comfort zone once in awhile. I’ve written short stories before and even published a couple in a national women’s magazine but not in a long while.
And yes, I even write poetry now and again, and have won some statewide awards.
I’m not bragging, but trying to make a point that writing is writing, whether it be a a novel, a poem, or a newsletter article. Every time you sit down and write something, you add to your skill just as violinists or artists hone their skills every time they pick up the bow or brush.
Here’s hoping 2015 is good to all of you and that your dream of getting a publishing contract, hitting the NYT Best-Sellers list — or whatever your goal is — comes true.