My writing journey continues and I must say I find it very exciting. In October, I set goals for my MS and I hit them. It's such a wonderful feeling to reach a goal in the desired time frame.

I have no idea where my queries will go or even if they will go anywhere, but that's ok. This is just the beginning of the journey. Not just the journey for this book, but my journey as a writer and I can't wait to see where it takes me. 

I cannot thank my critique partners enough for their words of encouragement and suggestions for rough spots as I was trying to reach my goals. One great piece of advice I was given as I struggled with getting through revisions of certain chapters was to start from the end and work forward. Once I started that my revisions flew. Another great piece was to know that false starts were ok. They are not indicative of failure but the contrary, the indicate the creative juices are still flowing.  So a big THANK YOU to them:-)

I spent most of the Christmas break thinking about writing and my goals for 2014. One of the many things I've learned from my critique partners is the benefit of setting goals. Some people may not agree with setting goals but having a weekly writing goal has changed my life. Therefore, it only makes sense to have yearly goals too.

Here is what I hope to achieve in 2014 (at a minimum)

Complete 2 full MS

Complete 2 Novellas

Submit 3 of them and possibly all 4.

Attend a retreat and a workshop

Create weekly time to focus on my writing that is uninterrupted

This last goal is essential for me. Currently, I get weekly writing done but in bits and at odd times. I've read a lot online about how to budget out time to write with various suggestions but a friend's advice about recognizing my dream is important and should be treated like a job was the soundest advice I found. It comes down to scheduling time to write and not compromising it for grocery shopping or laundry. Paying this need can only pay off in all the areas for me as well.  If  I feel as if I've spent some quality time writing I can then focus on my children and spouse. I won't feel so torn and unfocused, as if I can't get one thing done because there is so much.

We shall see how it goes. Fingers Crossed.

I hope 2014 is good to you.

Here are some great links that talk about some of the same things I have. Good things are found in these blogs:-)

The Lovely Messy

Gl Snodgrass

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