Saturday, December 28, 2013
The end is almost here for 2013! I for one am glad to see it go. Wasn't my best year in many ways.
I don't like to share my personal life much. I know emotions come, stay awhile, then change into something better and I always feel really stupid if I share sad then get happy and think, I felt THAT? I shared it publically??
I SO admire those of my friends who can and do, on their blogs, fb, etc. Not Twitter, tho. Those folks who whine on Twitter are just goofy. If ANYPLACE is for putting on the good-face, for nuts sake, it would be Twitter! Network there. Share your GOOD news there about your writing. Attract new readers with your posts. Share your writer friends' accomplishments. Twitter needs to be all business. (New Year's resolution...practice what I preach about that. :)
I am an eternal optimist. Always the believer that this, whatever 'this' may be, is simply God rearranging things, and sometimes it's very painful. We have to just close our eyes and hang on through the storm. Believe me when I say, I have read every quote there is to read (and am officially sick of them) and the bottom line? Hang on, it will get better.
Another, important thing. When an idea for a novel comes (and, for anything for that matter) get on it. Don't wait. Your idea will find another mind, another heart, other hands to make it happen if you don't. Example? Off the writing for one sec. I had a great idea come to me years ago for a cleaning business. Had the name and everything. It would come to me so often, tapping my shoulder and me just shrugging it off, thinking I had forever, didn't really want to do it, etc. This past year, I looked up the name with thoughts of actually doing it. Guess what? This weird name was now attached to a newly formed cleaning company. Two friends standing there smiling, just as I had imagined it would be with me and MY friend. That great name and idea swept away from me, like that feather in Forrest Gump, and found more willing hands to hold it. I believe God used it as a lesson to me. When the idea comes, believe in it and at least TRY.
So...2014, I am ready to welcome you with an open heart! This year, it will start out as devotion to God, family, friends, home and writing. That order. So in talking about books...
I have had irons in the fire on about four books. I'm feeling led to YA, young adult novels. I have always had the desire to write for boys, because novels like The Outsiders, Old Yeller, Lord of the Flies...those books and more have stayed classics (yes, for girls, too) but the boys could be boys in those books. An eleven year old boy may not understand love for a girl yet, but he will understand love for a dog and excitement for adventures and most of all, loyalty for his friends, especially the misunderstood ones.
So after all this sharing, I'm going to write. This time, my idea and my title and my story will be mine, for better or worse. This is my official New Year's Resolution. WELCOME, 2014, you already look Totes- Mcgoats awesome.