It’s been a busy few months here in offline land. Between the holidays and family business, we found plenty to keep ourselves more than occupied, but now that spring is en route and I’ve gotten a note-covered manuscript out the door, things are starting to slow down around the office. We finally took a real honeymoon, 18 months into our marriage.
In this season of new beginnings and hopeful resolutions, setting aside time for reflection and rejuvenation is essential. Goal-setting will get you nowhere when you’re already burned out. To work, to create, to innovate, you must choose to fall in love with what you do, over and over and over again.
For me, a short break from the office routine allowed me to rediscover my love of scrambling around the countryside with a camera. (You can order a few prints here.) More than that, however, the respite rekindled my interest in writing for publication
Although I’ve critiqued a few fiction manuscripts for others, most recently a young adult mystery, my clips portfolio is strictly non-fiction. I have yet to publish my first novel. And since we’re being honest here, I haven’t exactly written it, either. That’s something I’d like to change.
I’m showing myself a little tough love this year by giving myself a deadline. I want have a completed manuscript ready to shop around, or at least a full draft ready for edits, by Valentine’s Day 2017. And since I know I’m not the only one with publishing goals, I’ll be walking you step by step through my creative process.