Happy day after Christmas!
This really is day THREE HUNDRED AND SIXTY ONE!
Most of you are winding down from the holidays, some of you are still celebrating with family and a few of you brave souls are out shopping.
So if you're here in Seekerville today you get an extra helping of my sister's soft molasses cookies and a glass of eggnog or Chai tea. Your choice.
Let's talk about those 361 days.
Writer or reader, the question is the same...
What have you done over the last 361 days to make your dreams come true?
Pull out a piece of paper and list the months of the year.
Now next to those months write what measurable tasks you completed toward your dream in 2012. I'm not talking goals here. Goals such as getting an agent or winning a contest or selling a book can be limited by fairy dust, the time-space continuum and/or the alignment of the planets. I'm talking about measurable tasks completed.
January: Submitted queries to two agents.
February: Wrote" THE END" to WIP
March: Edited manuscript.
April: Pitched new manuscript at conference.
May: Entered six contests.
June: Submitted ten pages to Seekerville author for butchering.
July: Wrote half of new manuscript.
August: Researched time period for new manuscript.
September: Took online writing class.
October: Entered four contests.
November: Judged contest and entered two more contests.
December: Submitted requested partial to editor.
I'm guessing you've accomplished much more than you realize. Am I right?
As you contemplate this and decide on your "My One Word" for the New Year's Eve Party here in Seekerville, or your resolutions for 2013, give yourself a pat on the back. Or several. One for every step you took towards your dream.
The journey isn't about how far you have to go, it's all about how far you've come.
Now, I think it's only appropriate to share some encouraging quotes -because writers LOVE quotes.
“You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.”
― C.S. Lewis
“Obstacles are things a person sees when he takes his eyes off his goal.”
― E. Joseph Cossman
“What would you attempt to do if you knew you could not fail?”
― Robert H. Schuller
“Patience is not passive waiting. Patience is active acceptance of the process required to attain your goals and dreams.”
― Ray Davis
"Bite off more than you can chew. Then chew it."
― Ella Williams
"The most successful people are those who are good at plan B."
― James Yorke
Share your monthly completed tasks from 2012 or a favorite goal quote for a chance to win:
Today's giveaway for a writer is a rare find- a gently used copy of Robert Newton Peck's Fiction is Folks. I have my own copy recommended in a Debra Dixon workshop.
For a reader, Myra Johnson's A Horseman's Hope (available January 2, 2013).