Or rather New Me.
2018 is the year of action manifested. It is a year of doing what you love and loving what you do. In our crazy world such a simple thing may not seem like much but it matters. Which is why my word of the year is DO!
As in: Yes, I do have a book in print. Yes, you will find it on Amazon (further on down the road in 2018). There it is my people of the page, my intention for the year. I have high hopes and the excitement of a two-year old on a caffeine sugar high considering said book is knee-deep in the “work in progress” stage and must crawl through editing then walk hand in hand with happy beta readers before running gleefully to a bookstore near you. (Not really, still Amazon. I just wanted to say that.) Actually publishing a book is the furthest thing from my mind. I still have to write it first.
This gets right to the point of the word – do. As in, writing is doable. I’m not scaling Everest or performing brain surgery. No lives are on the line and the worst that happens is I shove another book in a drawer and my pride gets dinged if all goes wrong. Some writers have multiple books in a drawer. Doesn’t mean they are bad books. Ideas can take time to germinate. They may just need years of breathing room – I’m talking about you Kasha.
I started 2017 in a writing slump. My first complete novel, what I had thought would be my breakout debut had arrived at the editor’s on life support. Things only got worse from there. Kasha never saw the light of day. Not only did two years of my life hit the drawer, I had nothing to show for my time but a broken heart. Yeah I could have put my novel out there in her hot mess form. What is one more bad book in the world? But what honor is there in rushing the work so I can check off my to do list?
Writing and I took a hiatus. Then I met Ben. Benjamin Keegan to be precise. He is a good guy, a sweet guy and spending time getting to know him and his world, well, it changed mine. We are halfway through his story and while I think I know the end, I’m excited to share the rest of his journey. That is the magic of doing something you love. It revives you.
There is a reason Nike went with the slogan: Just Do it.
Write now. Write like your heart is on fire and you have everything to say. Lean on other writers when the going gets tough. Be inspired by their stories and their perseverance. For a great list of writing sites check out Writer’s Digest Websites for Writers: 20 Sites with Great Writing Advice. They are currently compiling their list of 101 Best Websites for Writers for 2018. Know of a great site add it to their comments list. I’ll be sure to thank you later.
Writing is what I love and I love what I do regardless if the public ever sees it. However, I am hoping when Ben makes his debut, you like him as much as I do. Until then, Happy New year.