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?



girl wantsAs an author working on completing my first novel I have been reading first or early novels of other authors in the same genre. This exercise has allowed me to experience other authors, some of which are now widely read, in the early state of their craft. This exercise has been encouraging to me in my own writing. I have learned more about showing not telling and I’ve seen that in some situations the first novels can be pretty rough. Nonetheless, I admire these authors for foraging the way for those of us just getting started. Other lessons I’ve learned are how to write a character and working in subplots. Thorn-in-My-Heart

The authors I have read include, Kristin Billerbeck, Victoria Bylin, Betty Thomason Owens, JoAnn Durgin, Francine Rivers, Lynn Austin, Liz Curtis Higgs, Ann Gabhart, Julie Lessman and Susan Gloss. Many of these authors are considered to be faith-based or Christian. I assure you their stories are just as intriguing as secular authors in the same genre. Romance doesn’t need to be completely shown for the innuendo to be felt by the reader. Comedy book-prelude-largedoesn’t have to be someone’s expense to be hilarious. Greed and selfishness don’t have to fall into Gordon Gekko style to create intrigue.

Choose one of these or your favorite author or genre and look up their first published book. Read it and see what you think. Let me know.


I write, therefore I am a writer.  However, I am most looking forward to being an author, published and paid.  My novel, The Parking Lot Cafe, is in the process of re-writes and edits.  Stay tuned, before their story begins, Maggie and Dan have several letters to share.

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