Happy New Year!
Having a one-word goal keeps things simple for me. A single word allows me to focus on the the big picture instead of a list of resolutions … that I will invariably break.
Writing wise, the application is straightforward: Get up with the alarm. Make the coffee. Write the words–longhand if necessary. Bravely grow another book, in spite of fears and setbacks. One early morning at a time.
How about you? Would you like to choose a word for 2021? For ideas, check out this article by Beth Vogt.
Here are words I have chosen for previous years. Perhaps they will help spur your thinking.
For 2015, I chose ENGAGE. I needed to step out and join the conversation with social media.
For 2016, I took on BUY IN. That is to say, it was time to put actual money into my writing. I finished, formatted, and indie-published Darcy By Any Other Name.
For 2017, my word was RELENTLESS. I walked my sweet mom through brain surgery, convalescence, hospice, and home-going to Jesus. By God’s grace, I learned that doing the right thing each day is difficult, but also powerful. I have no regrets.
I managed to write a novella for A Very Austen Christmas, and in December I re-released (as indies) my first two Mercy’s Embrace books.
ABIDE was my choice for 2020. I had in mind abiding in God’s Word and trusting His plans for what was ahead–without knowing a thing about the coming pandemic! In March, my teaching job came home to the Internet (Google Classroom) due to the Covid Quarantine.
And yet, I was able to finish and publish two novels within six months: So This Is Love and As Only Mr. Darcy Can, along with our third anthology: A Very Austen Romance.
Who knew? God did.
With COURAGE, then, I dare to welcome 2021.
Happy New Year, my friends!