I can’t believe we are already into the second week of February! This year is off to a fast start.
My goals for this month is to finalize a few last minute changes in my work-in-progress manuscript. I couldn’t sleep and kept tossing and turning in bed, thinking about it. So when morning arrived, I went straight to my computer and just typed my ideas out without editing. Later on I went back in and cleaned up the draft. Hopefully I won’t get the itch to change things in my manuscript again…fingers crossed.
In the meantime, I’m still querying agents. I have added a few new agents and need to do some research with them. I use QueryTracker to help keep me updated and organized. I upgraded to a Pro account once I started to get really serious with my agent search. So far it’s worth it.
Writing is hard, but trying to find an agent seems harder! There has got to be an agent somewhere that likes my work.
LISTENING to a lot of Taylor Swift. I purchased her new album, 1989, and love it so much! Right now, Welcome to New York and Blank Space are my two favorites.
DRINKING herbal tea. My favorite is lemon herbal. When I get too busy, I make it from my Keurig. If I’m feeling a bit English, I will brew it from my teapot. The smell of lemon herbal tea is enticing.
MAKING changes in my daily work habits. I have to make the attempt to stay on schedule and not get side-tracked. I have a tendency to skip around in my To-Do list and then get frustrated at myself for only crossing out half of the items on my list.
WORKING daily to find the right literary agent. It is not easy to write a book manuscript. It is not easy to edit the manuscript either. It IS NOT easy to find a literary agent who likes my work. So until then, I continue to trudge onward and send out those query letters.
OBSESSED with Heidi Swapp’s new planner system. I guess I must be late to the party in the scrapbooking world with this one because it seems all of her binders and planning systems are sold out. I only have a few items from her collection, and wait impatiently for her binder to come out. I can’t wait to get my hands on it…for realz!
LOVING my dog Chip. He is a Ginger…part Chow Chow and part Labrador Retriever. He is seven years old now. He’s also my writing companion, sitting loyally by my desk when I write. He and I will enjoy 2015 together on our long walks.
THINKING about 2015 and the word Resolutions doesn’t quite fit with me this year. For some reason I just don’t feel like making them for 2015. Instead, I would like to make intentions. It sounds a lot better and if I fail at them I won’t beat myself up. One intention is to get healthy and fit. I’m already on the skinny side, but I’d like to work on cardio and toning my muscles a bit. Sitting at the desk for four-eight hours a day is unhealthy and especially if at long stretches in time.
ENJOYING the winter weather. Sure it’s cold outside, but where I live, there is no snow, but the cold is here. It’s currently 44 degrees as I write this post, but just two days ago, it was 19 degrees. I like that I don’t have to drive in the snow or shovel any off my sidewalk. I like that I can wear my thick coat from Zara and dress the part of winter.
FEELING satisfied with my writing style. When I go back and re-read my writing, I feel a sense of completion. I don’t know how to explain it, other than that I am happy when I read my work. I haven’t always felt that way with my writing before.
WONDERING what 2015 will bring to me? I am looking forward to new changes. New beginnings. Not looking back anymore. What about you?
I can’t believe how fast 2014 went by. It was a tough year. I had the very best of intentions with fulfilling my goals for 2014. Don’t we all? One of the biggest goals I made was to finish and edit my manuscript, which I did. I worked with a great editor and I also re-drafted a new query letter to submit to agents. Which brings me to the beginning of 2015.
I still have not found an agent. I’m still querying. My goal is on-going. Life lessons are being learned.
Even though I don’t have an agent yet, I’m proud that I crossed off a lot of my goals in 2014. I’m ready to move forward from the rejections and move forward to resubmissions and re-drafts. I know I have a great story and I know I want to share my writing with the world. I just don’t know when.
So here is where the future begins.
This quote is on constant repeat in my head. I’m not very confident in myself. I admit it. I’m constantly plagued with self-doubt. A lot of writers are like this and we beat ourselves up because of these negative thoughts. Every time I read my manuscript, I wonder to myself, “Who in the world would want to read this?” But on a good day, I might read another part of my work and exclaim to myself, “I can’t believe I just wrote that. It was amazing!” So the two voices in my head are constantly nagging each other. One voice sounds like Joan Rivers and tells me I can’t do it. The other voice is Meryl Streep and she tells me I CAN do it. This year in 2015, I’m going to listen more to Meryl Streep. I’m not going to give up.
So where do I begin? First, I’m blogging on a new platform from my website. You might have noticed it or not, but I’m no longer at Typepad. Clean slate and loving’ it! My intention for the new blog is to journal. I don’t want to be compared to other bloggers, which I felt was the case at Typepad. I would worry about not being showcased in one of their directories, and that caused me stress. So no more worrying about that!
Second, this year I’m not going to make New Year’s resolutions. I’m going to make intentions instead. I’m going to make plans, stick with them, make needed adjustments, and achieve my goals. No more looking back on 2014. It’s all 2015 and moving forward from now on.
Third, I’m determined to become traditionally published. Sounds vague for now, but I assure you that I have written down my plan. A lot of which consists of querying more and revising my query if needed.
Fourth, I’m going to continue working on my second manuscript and write, write, write. This is happening. While I query agents, I’m not going to sit around and wait. I think the best way for me to pass the time is to write more stories. Stories with different characters. Stories that I want to read for myself.
Finally, my intention this year is to stay fit and active. Writing takes a lot of my body and mind. I sit at my desk for a long time, sometimes between two-four hours, and my back pays the price. I don’t have any weight issues, but I’d like to keep my heart in good condition. I’m at the gym in the morning, hitting the treadmill and cycling. I’m tired from working out, but at the same time I also have a lot of energy. I don’t know how to explain it.
Now that it’s all said and done, I can’t wait to begin the new year!
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