We are a week into the new year. It’s time to have your goals written. Over the last several weeks, I’ve pondered this. I really want to achieve a higher percentage of my goals this year. So, I will have fewer of them and more meaningful. As writers, we are all about goals. Word count, time spent, pages complete, deadlines. Here it is, my 2016 writing goal is to finish my book. That’s it. Just get it done. I’m close, very close and just need to commit to doing what it takes, the right word count, the right amount of time writing, the right formatting on the pages. I’m going to complete the manuscript and have it ready for a good editor before the year is up.

The goal is written and I’m sharing it with you so that you are now part of my accountability.

What will be fun in the journey to accomplish this will be to see what other work comes out of it. No doubt that as more writing is done and the completion of a project, I’m guessing another story will creep up and more characters will asked to be written.

What do you think? Are your goals written?



forresterNeedless to say the start of the new year hasn’t done much to jump start my writing for 2015. Not exactly sure what is going on. I have great ideas; just not sure why they aren’t coming out my fingertips. This weekend we watched the moving Finding Forrester. For those of use who know that the writing life isn’t all glitz and glamor, there are several messages and layers of messages to be gained from viewing.

There is a scene where the character William Forrester (played by Sean Connery), is sitting across from Jamal Wallace (played by Rob Brown). They are sitting at their manual typewriters and William is coaching Jamal on how to get started. William starts with this line that has stuck with me all weekend.

Forrester: “No thinking – that comes later. You must write your first draft with your heart. You rewrite with your head. The first key to writing is… to write, not to think!”

LOVE IT. Just write and don’t think. The words will start awkward, but then then themes will come.

Please share your thoughts.