Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Dead End or Temporary Delay? Your Choice!


Just off a main thoroughfare in my town a sign proclaims that an intersecting route isn’t a “through” street. If you look far enough down the way, you can see a rocky hillside and a wall of trees.
In other words, a dead end.
Interestingly, though, the sign has never bluntly stated “dead end.” Or “no outlet.” It says “Dead End: Temporary.” And it’s said that for at least fifteen years. Maybe longer.
“So, Glynna,” you’re thinking at this very moment, “how does that stupid sign have anything to do with ME? Seekerville’s SPEEDBO challenge begins in just a few days and everyone is excited about it--except ME. No way can I write a book in a month. I’m not even sure if I want to write at all. I’m tired of setting myself up for failure.”
You clearly see that mountain up ahead, right? The bold Dead End sign, with nothing the least bit temporary-looking about it. So maybe your decision not to set aside the month of March to focus on your writing is a good one for you.
Or maybe not.
You see, although that street sign has said “Dead End: Temporary” for well over a decade, if you look at a city map--particularly one used by the city planners--you can see that beyond that state-owned hillside is another street that, should the earthen barrier be removed, could potentially intersect with an unobstructed extension of the “dead end” one.
And that’s been the city’s plan all along.
In fact, after years of negotiations, the state has agree to sell the property to the city. Which means, if all goes as planned, that Dead End will, indeed, have been temporary.
Yes, a long temporary. But remember, the definition of temporary is not “for a brief time” or “a short duration.” Webster’s dictionary actually defines temporary as “lasting for a limited time.” No mention of length.
If there’s anything The Seekers know about, it’s that a “temporary” roadblock can at times appear set in stone. To be an immovable and insurmountable mountain. When we started on our writing journey, The Seekers didn’t know if we’d ever be published. But we hoped. We prayed. We worked hard and persevered--and we encouraged and cheered each other on.
So let’s look again at the “Dead End: Temporary.”
At Lake Powell in northern Arizona, there are hundreds of water-filled side canyons to explore by boat. But as you journey through them, there are times of the year when you all but literally hit a “brick” wall. Dead in the water. That’s because when the lake is lower, the water isn’t deep enough to lift your watercraft above and between the broader bases of the canyon walls. But during other seasons, in a good monsoon year, the water rises and you can make your way farther through the stone maze. What appeared to be a dead end was only temporary.
Over four years ago, a friend who had once only dreamed of writing was inspired by my persevering journey to publication and made a decision to write his first book. He had obstacles to overcome and, due to life circumstances, at one point had to set his writing aside for a year and a half. But last week he let me know that at long last he’d typed “The End.” He proved his dead end to be temporary.
It’s true there are no guarantees that despite all our prayers, labor, and diligence that the mountain--the dead end--will only be a temporary obstacle. Sometimes God does say no. But if publication is in His plan, nothing can stop you. Except you.
So maybe you can’t write a book in a month. But can you commit to writing daily for a month? Can you commit to a predetermined word count and start building that writing habit as Debby Giusti talked about in her February 17 post? Can you commit to finishing a first chapter? Writing a synopsis? Prepping a proposal? Revising that old manuscript you stuffed under the bed?
SPEEDBO is flexible. Make it what YOU need it to be. Don’t let fear paralyze you, worried that you may fail. The greatest failure is not to try at all. Not trying is a signed, sealed and delivered guarantee that a possibly “temporary” dead end will be a permanent one. That the mountain will be immovable. Insurmountable.
The Seekers encourage you to sign up for SPEEDBO and use the upcoming month to get on board with your writing. To begin scaling that mountain and proving that the dead end looming in front of you is truly only temporary.
Your choice.
And if you do decide to give SPEEDBO a shot, all of us in Seekerville will be right there beside you, cheering you on.
Today, please share in the comments section the writing challenges you anticipate facing in the upcoming month--and how you plan to overcome them. If you’d like to be entered in a drawing for a copy of my May 2016 release, “Claiming the Single Mom’s Heart,” mention it, then check the Weekend Edition to see if you’re a winner!
 
Glynna
 
GLYNNA KAYE treasures memories of growing up in small Midwestern towns--and vacations spent with the Texan side of the family. She traces her love of storytelling to the times a houseful of great-aunts and great-uncles gathered with her grandma to share candid, heartwarming, poignant and often humorous tales of their youth and young adulthood. Her Love Inspired books--Pine Country Cowboy and High Country Holiday won first and second place, respectively, in the 2015 RWA Faith, Hope & Love Inspirational Reader’s Choice Awards. “Claiming the Single Mom’s Heart,” her tenth Love Inspired book(and the second in the Hearts of Hunter Ridge series),” releases in May 2016 and is available for pre-order now!!
 
Their Unexpected Love. Sunshine Carston is looking for more than beautiful scenery when she moves with her daughter to Hunter Ridge, Arizona. She’s looking for answers. According to family legend, her ancestors were cheated out of their land by the Hunter family. But when she meets Grady Hunter, Sunshine’s mission is endangered—how can she investigate the Hunters when she’s falling in love with one? When Grady’s mother becomes ill, Grady steps in to help her run against Sunshine for town council. But what will Grady say when he finds out about Sunshine’s investigation? To rise above the past and forge a future together, they’ll need a love stronger than any feud...

144 comments:

Olivia said...

What a wonderful post! What a great way to reframe our "blocks" as merely delays. This week I have come home from a trip waylaid by the flu. It is a temporary roadblock...detour so I can plan on Speedbo using some free software using the app Novelize. It is web based so my wip can be pulled from any device. Please put my name in the drawing.

Tina Radcliffe said...

I am so in! Signed up. Ready to Rock. Speedbo. Thanks for the butt kicking...I mean, inspiration.

Olivia said...

Entered in Speedbo! How fast was that? What is the origin of the word Speedbo?

Sarah Claucherty said...

Great post on how to revise the way we see a roadblock or a detour or a temporary dead end, Glynna! Still pondering my goals for March, but I'd love to have my name tossed in the dish for the drawing of your book :)

Lyndee H said...

Yay, Glynna! Another handsome cover on your new book. Congratulations!

This is a great post. Speedbo has made March one of my favorite months. This year will very interesting since I'll be traveling during March and early April. But I've signed up and I'm committed to getting words on the page. A BIG THANK YOU SEEKERVILLE!

OLIVIA, Speedbo stands for Speed Book and I'm sure there's more to the story. I don't know who was the clever one that created that title, but I LOVE IT! Congrats on signing on. It's a ton of fun!

Mary Preston said...

All the best with the challenge everyone.

Please count me in for a copy of “Claiming the Single Mom’s Heart”.

Elaine Stock said...

Glynna, thanks for this encouragement--perfect timing for me! Though I've recently opted for a scale back of 4 hours per week at the day job, effective in 2 weeks, what I'm learning to do is to write post dinner time, which isn't easy for this morning person (plus I get up for work at 3 AM.) What I have to keep reminding myself is that it's okay even if it's only 2 pages... That can total up nicely by the weekend when I can add more.

Ruth Logan Herne said...

I think it was Mary that came up with Speedbo..... Not to be confused with "Speedo" which is, as you know, different.

Lyndee, great recall!!!!! And for this one kind of weird weather predominates month, you just do your best to increase that word count, push ahead, develop better writing habits by setting goals and working toward them... and like a life-style change "diet", anything you can do for 30 days usually becomes a habit.

So if you get in the habit of writing 500 or 1000 words/day, you've joined the 200,000 words/year club.

And that's 2-3 books right there, my friends.

One little new habit can be the ticket to the big game in town.

Glynna Kaye said...

Good morning, OLIVIA! That app sounds handy! Congrats on entering March's Speedbo!! It should be a fun and productive month. So sorry to hear about the flu. :( Seems to be a lot of that going on all across the country. Hope you get feeling better soon!

Glynna Kaye said...

Good morning, TINA! Sounds like you're definitely ready to rock Speedbo! :)

Glynna Kaye said...

SARAH -- I think we sometimes put negative spins on things and that traps us into a certain mindset. Yes, God DOES say "no," but too often we've psyched ourselves out and quit long before--or possibly right before--he plans to say "YES!" I remember this quote from years ago: "Never assume that God's delays are God's denials."

Glynna Kaye said...

Hi, LYNDEE! Glad you like the cover AND that you're already signed up for Speedbo! Traveling will make it a challenge, but any time you can squeeze in there will at least keep your mind on your story so ideas will be bubbling on the back burner and ready to write when you get home.

Glynna Kaye said...

Hello, MARY P! Your name's in the kitty dish and thank you for being there to cheer us on next month!

Jackie said...

Thanks for the inspiring pep-talk! Just what I needed this morning.

Have a great day!

Glynna Kaye said...

Good morning, ELAINE! I can relate to your finding writing more difficult at the end of the work day when you're a morning person. But it sounds as if you're finding a way to deal with that obstacle and add to your word count. I think sometimes we feel if we don't have LONG stretches of time we can't produce anything, but I've written 10 books now writing 60-90 minutes a day before work plus some Saturday time as often as I can.

Glynna Kaye said...

Hey, RUTHY! You're so right -- March's Speedbo is the perfect time to focus on developing good writing habits for 31 days.

Glynna Kaye said...

Good morning, JACKIE! Glad the post got your day started off on a positive note!

Rhonda Starnes said...

Thanks for a wonderfully, encouraging post, Glynna!

Being an edit-as-you-go-pantser who is too controlling to just let go and write, I've not been able to achieve the goal of writing an entire book in a month, but that's okay, because I can still set Speedbo goals. This year's goal is to write 10,000 words per week, which would leave me with a manuscript that was 2/3 of the way finished by the end of the month.

Rose said...

Glynna,

What an inspirational post! I have not yet signed up for Speedbo because I'm wavering on what to work on. I need to decide because time is running out!

Glynna Kaye said...

Good morning, RHONDA! I can't write a full book in a month either...limited writing time, plus I'm an edit-as-you go person, too, so I end up with a fairly clean copy when the type "the end."

WOW! 10,000 words a week is an AWESOME number of words to have for you goal!

Glynna Kaye said...

Hi, ROSE! I signed up even though I know my March will be hit and miss. I have a book due at the end of May, so I plan to log in as many words as I can in March, although I know I'll lose a couple of precious writing Saturdays and a number of weekday mornings to the arrival of edits & AAs for my November 2016 release. But ANY headway we can make is worth joining in on the fun! :)

Tracey Hagwood said...

Hi Glynna,
Although I'm a reader I do love inspirational sayings and have found plenty here at Seekerville.

"The man who removes a mountain begins by carrying away small stones" quote is so applicable to many obstacles in life, I'm adding it to my book of quotes.

Congratulations on your newest book, Claiming the Single Mom's Heart and its beautiful cover. I'm looking forward to a return trip to Hunter Ridge.

Glynna Kaye said...

Good morning, TRACEY! Yes, some of the quotes that pop up in Seekerville touch many aspects of our lives. It's always the simplest of them that seem to strike a chord in my heart.

Thank you for the congrats! I had fun writing it--and loved writing the scenes where Grady interacts with Sunshine's daughter. :)

DebH said...

Hi Glynna
Boy, did I need this post. I've hit that "temporary" barrier and I tend to look at the glass as half-empty. You know, when things look bleak and I think I'm going to crash and burn and someone tells me to be positive. So I think "I'm positive I'm going to crash and burn."

Your post and Debby's post give me hope and a positive outlook. (not the positive/negative of above, but a REAL positive). Thanks!!

Not signed up for Speedbo yet, but I will. I think the plan is to first, write SOMETHING everyday and work up to about 750 words per day. Working on getting some flash fiction back-log going for Splickety and Women's World submissions. Start small and work back up to full book. Thing is, the year I did Speedbo in earnest is the one I entered Killer Voices and ended up with a book. A book in dire need of revisions, but a book nonetheless.

Go figure.

p.s. would love to be in the draw for your book.

Glynna Kaye said...

Good morning, DEB! Glad you plan to sign up for Speedbo. Starting out removing those small "stones" will eventually get that mountain moved! Working toward 750 words a day is a great goal. The key is to start out with a daily "win-win" word count, then gradually increase it bit by bit until you're cruising along at the altitude you hope to be flying at. And if you don't hit it every single day? So what? You don't beat yourself up, just get back on board the next day!

Jeanne T said...

Great post, Glynna! After a disappointment earlier this year and now recovering from ACL surgery, I feel totally put on the shelf i writing. Your post reminds me that I can get back in the ring and write again. I've been delaying, and it's time to stop.

I think my biggest challenge right now is making writing a priority in how I spend my time. As my leg heals, and I'm able to be up and about more, I believe it will become easier to go BIC and begin working again. Thanks for this upfront post!

Connie Queen said...

I'm signing up today for Speedbo.

The difference between this year and a couple of years ago (when I hit my goal) is I'm homeschooling 2 teenagers and am helping take care of my parents. Things come up that I can't put off or say no to..

I know if I set my mind to it, I can still meet my goals. There just won't be room for dilly-dally. And I like to dilly-dally.

I'm setting my goal as 30k again this year.

Mary Connealy said...

I just signed up for SPEEDBO!
I always DO IT, but I don't always remember to sign up for it.
YAY!

I'm in. I've got some lofty goals this year and in fact I should go write, right now so I carry away a few of the boulders in my path and have a better chance to getting the whole load cleared away!

Mary Connealy said...

Jeanne T, one thing I know from hanging with writers for years is, many of them will lay down their keyboard for a time, but very few can just stop. Before you know it, here they come again, writing more.

It seems to be the way we are more than just a job we decide to sample.

Mary Connealy said...

Sorry about your leg. Hang in there girl. Slow days, but you're healing. God bless you.

Mary Connealy said...

Great goals, Connie. I set mine for 40, BUT I can whittle that down before March 1st. I'm going to try!!!!!!!!!!!!

Cindy Regnier said...

Claiming the Single Mom's heart looks wonderful - nice cover! I love the idea of the dead-end being temporary. I've been up against many dead ends I thought were real 'ends' but I've always had enough of a path in front of me to take the next step. Keep plodding along. I intend to use Speedbo to revise, re-energize and revitalize an old story of mine to take it from so-so to great! I can't wait. I may 'cheat' and get started before Speedbo begins (ok- so I already did). My goal will be to finish the revision by March 31 -- and love the finished product! (First part easy, second part a little more difficult!)

Janet Dean said...

Glynna, thanks for this inspiring post! The Seekers all remember those Temporary Dead Ends. The length of the temporary varied but we all persisted thanks to the prayers and encouragement we gave each other and we want to share here in Seekerville.

I loved the quote in the comments: "Never assume that God's delays are God's denials."

Delays can be a blessing, even if we don't always see that truth. God's timing is perfect. He knows us and our writing better than we do.

I'm excited for Speedbo. Love the name, Mary! Hoping for a huge list of Villagers to join us!

Janet

Shecki Grtlyblesd said...

Very inspiring. Not about writing, but about life. I feel like I've "stopped" and I need to start moving forward again, however slowly that may be. Thank you for the reminder.

I'd love to be entered into your drawing. Sounds like a great book!

Janet Dean said...

Glynna, love the cover of your tenth book Claiming the Single Mom's heart! Will be on the lookout for it on Walmart shelves in May.

Janet

Jill Weatherholt said...

Thanks for the inspiring post, Glynna. I'm all signed up. I love events like Speedbo and NaNoWriMo because once I commit, I do it.
Please enter me in the drawing for you book. Great cover...love her boots!

Janet Dean said...

Shecki, isn't it great that inspiring writing posts are equally valid for living life? Go you!

Janet

Caryl Kane said...

Hello Glynna! Thank you for sharing your words of wisdom. They are great for life circumstances too!

GOOD LUCK IN SPEEDBO! You can do it!

Candee Fick said...

Thanks for the reminder that dead ends can be temporary, especially when it feels like we're boxed in or stuck. As for Speedboat and March, I'm signing up now because I need to blast past and over and around that mental "junior" year roadblock to just get words on the page and stop worrying they won't measure up to published books number one and number two coming in September. I keep telling myself that rewrites and edits will make a world of difference but they can only happen after I've written. And then I sit down to write and second guess every phrase. Arggh!

As for March, we're entering basketball playoffs for my son's senior season so I know there will be days on the road and in hotels. But my plan is to dust off my Alphasmart and just plow ahead wherever I am. :-)

Myra Johnson said...

Super-encouraging pep talk, Glynna--thank you! We need regular reminders that roadblocks aren't always permanent. And even if they seem that way, with perseverance we can usually find ways around, through, or over them.

The biggest roadblock for me is typically my own loss of momentum. The longer I'm away from writing, the longer it takes me to get back in the groove. So Speedbo is good incentive to keep that momentum going!

Myra Johnson said...

Way to go, CINDY! And yay for getting a head start on your Speedbo goal! I think the best thing about Speedbo is the motivation to sharpen our focus and make deliberate progress, all the while knowing we're surrounded by others who support and encourage us as they strive for their own goals.

Myra Johnson said...

CANDEE, that's so true--we can't edit and improve upon words we haven't written yet!

Connie Queen said...

Yes Myra!

My own loss of momentum.
I lose momentum too after the first few chapters are written and the excitement dwindles. I start wondering which way to go and instead of just writing, I start getting up 100 times from the computer to roam the kitchen. As if the answer is in the fridge.

Wilani Wahl said...

One of the road blocks I face on a daily basis in the spring especially is health issues. I am really struggling today, I will probably end up back in bed. I have been trying to push through. I have a permanent injury in my inner ear so when the spring storms that bring tornado warnings and watches causes extreme extreme vertigo it become increasingly difficult to read and to think clearly. I am praying that it will not negatively impact Speedbo. I will push through and do what I can knowing that tomorrow may be better even as I go into the season. Thank you for the encouragement. It is the Lord that gets me through on days like today. I did manage to edit one chapter even though it is not a good day for writing.

Have a good day everyone and stay safe in the path of these storms.

Myra Johnson said...

Oh, WILANI, what a struggle! Yes, I'm sure this time of year can be really difficult with an inner ear problem. My husband has experienced a few bouts of vertigo, so I've seen firsthand how debilitating it can be. Do you have anything you can take to ease the symptoms?

Janet Dean said...

Connie said: I lose momentum too after the first few chapters are written and the excitement dwindles. I start wondering which way to go and instead of just writing, I start getting up 100 times from the computer to roam the kitchen. As if the answer is in the fridge.

LOL! I can relate to the loss of momentum, Connie, when facing the story's middle and we get that urge to roam. We may need to tie ourselves in the chair during Speedbo!

Janet

Missy Tippens said...

Glynna, this is such a great message today. I'm joining in Speedbo myself! And I look forward to seeing what everyone accomplishes.

Missy Tippens said...

I also meant to say I love your new cover!!

Janet Dean said...

Wilani, celebrate editing that one chapter when you're feeling so bad. Hope tomorrow is better and March is a good month for productivity.

Janet

Missy Tippens said...

Olivia, I hope you're feeling better! I plan to check out that app. Thanks for mentioning it!

Debby Giusti said...

Beautiful, Glynna! Love your pics. Love the rocks! Love the quotes!

Move a boulder one small rock at a time. So true!

I feel like boulders have rolled onto my path...but I'm taking a detour and hope to arrive at my destination in a timely manner! :)

Hugs!

Missy Tippens said...

Rhonda, I'm there with you. I do too much editing and revising as I go to do a whole book. But I can certainly get a decent word count in.

Tina Pinson said...

My writing challenge of late has been packing and moving, and unpacking, and setting up a business and selling a house, and getting sick and then wrapping my mind around writing something other than government forms. The story needs to be done and is playing at the back of my mind. Maybe moving up a tad. I feel like Debbi Giusti, a big rock slide fell in my writing freeway and bottle necked my imagination canyon. Just like the slide that closed I70 in Glenwood Canyon here in CO. Closed the road both ways and they're still working on it. But they'll get there. And suppose I will too.

Connie Queen said...

Glynna,

There's a one-street neighborhood near us with a sign that reads, "Slow Deaf Child." That kid has to be 30-40 years old by now.

I guess no one wants to take it down.

Tina Radcliffe said...

Tina Pinson..You're back in Colorado?? Sniff. I miss Colorado.

Tina Radcliffe said...

"As for March, we're entering basketball playoffs for my son's senior season so I know there will be days on the road and in hotels. But my plan is to dust off my Alphasmart and just plow ahead wherever I am. :-)"

Candee, you and Debby Giusti. Alpha Smart Queens!

Good plan..now don't forget to sign up for Speedbo.

Tina Radcliffe said...

Deb H, I saw a fun meme the other day (BTW, I like your new profile pic).

It said,

Dear optimists, pessimists, and realists, While you were all arguing over the glass of water, I just drank it. Sincerely, an opportunist.

Speedbo is for opportunists.

Keli Gwyn said...

What an encouraging post, Glynna! Thank you for it.

Fear and doubt can limit us more than just about anything else. Those voices muttering (or shouting) in our heads telling us we can't do such-and-such can be hard to ignore.

For years I believed I couldn't write a book in short period of time. I'm a s-l-o-w writer whose Internal Editor loves to work overtime. But then I sold my a LIH on proposal and prepared to write it on deadline.

My husband and I had a month-long trip coming up, and I set myself a seemingly impossible goal of writing 60K words in six weeks so that the draft would be done before we left. Those were six grueling weeks, but tortoise writer me typed The End right on schedule.

When we returned home, I dreaded looking at the manuscript, certain it was dreck. But it was better than I expected. Not great, but good. My awesome CP pointed out a few problems with character motivation and pacing. I fixed them and sent the story to my editor, pressing "send" with a trembling finger.

To my surprise, the edits on this story were my lightest to date. I was stunned. From this experience I learned that by limiting myself, I'd been doing myself a disservice. Many times, we can do more than we think we can. When we encounter those inevitable detours, we can persevere. As Glynna said so well, roadblocks we thought permanent can become temporary.

I'm here to cheer on those entering Speedbo. I'll be eager to hear the success stories.

Tina Radcliffe said...

It WAS Mary who came up with Speedbo and that first year my brain was seared with the image of a portly man on the beach in a Speedo. I was perpetually annoyed with Mary in 2011.

Tina Pinson said...

Yeah. Home. :-) Just got back two weeks ago. Mad it in time for the big snow storm (6-8 inches of snow here) and unpacked the truck in 11 degrees. Trying to get our business going again. You can come visit me.

Myra Johnson said...

TINA, I saw pix of your former Colorado stomping grounds on the news yesterday. Are you sure you really miss all that snow?

Sharee Stover said...

I'm signed up for SpeedBo and super excited. I did NaNoWriMo this past November and although my family learned to love fast meals and pizza (NOT) it was a lot of fun to write with reckless abandon. Glynna, there were so many great quotes in this post.

What appeared to be a dead end was only temporary.
Sometimes God does say no. But if publication is in His plan, nothing can stop you. Except you.

My writing challenges are going to be doing research and writing on my historical fiction book. It's hard to do both but the story is big on my heart and I wanna get it out of there and on paper (or computer as the case may be). I wrote the book during NaNoWriMo, but after doing more research, I've found ALL sorts of things I want to add. Soooo I see that as being a huge double duty.

Writing can be lonely for the occasional extroverted part of my SUPER introverted self. So I love the community of cheering each other on :)

Jan Drexler said...

Thanks for the encouragement and inspiration, Glynna!

I'm looking forward to Speedbo. I won't write a whole book, but I set my goal to finish 1/4 of a book during March. If all goes according to plan, it should be the third quarter of my WIP :)

kaybee said...

Deb H, do the short fiction. Any writing is better than no writing!
KB

Trixi said...

I think my biggest roadblock is procrastination! Especially if it's something I NEED to do but am dreading HAVING to do it. Something I'm not looking forward to, it zaps my motivation & energy. I absolutely loved the quote "The man who removes a mountain begins by carrying away small stones". I've begun trying to get into the mindset of taking things in smaller chunks, smaller goals but still moving forward even if it is taking longer. I still have that satisfied feeling of accomplishing something. And most times it motivates me to finish what I need to do :-) Thanks for the encouragement....that I don't HAVE to do it all but as long as I'm still moving forward, I'm accomplishing something...."It does not matter how slowly you go, so long as you do not stop".

Sometimes the other roadblock is fear of failure (thankfully not often). This is another quote that is encouraging & inspiring "Failure is delay, but not defeat. It is a temporary detour, not a dead-end street" I can oftentimes think to myself that since I can't do something or have failed in the past, I just give up. Or I'm defeated even before I begin by thinking this way. I love thinking of it as a "temporary detour", maybe I won't make it TODAY, but someday I will. Or even if it never happens, maybe it wasn't suppose to! I just have to have faith the if it was something that was suppose to happen, it was in the Lord hands & will.

A great blog post, very encouraging and uplifting! For all those entering Speedbo....may the Lord bless your writing time, the words flow and personal goals met :-)
Glynna, your newest book sounds really good! Please add my name to the dish for a chance to win a copy, thanks so much!

Sandra Leesmith said...

Oh Glynna you always hit the nail on the head when I need inspiration and encouragement. Great post.

And you know what? You are so right. I may not be able to write a book in a month, but I can write every day for that month. That is a worthy goal in itself.

I have four pickleball tournaments that bunched up in March. Two in January and none in February. So why so many in March???
PUULLEASE. But hey. That's the way the ball bounced. (Literally)

But your words encourage me because I can commit to a daily word count. And guess what I discovered? When you keep plodding along with a daily word count, you eventually hit THE END. yay

And congrats to your friend who hit The End. Give him a thumbs up.

Thanks again Glynna.

kaybee said...

Glynna, this is a helpful post. I've got a light schedule at my day job this week and a lighter one at my part-time job, so I'm finishing some edits and fixes in both my series. I'm going to submit to the Harlequin thing and enter one contest this week, then I'll be free for Speedbo. My goal is a 10-to 15-chapter Christmas novella and because I haven't had a lot of time for prep work, I'll be PANTSING for the first time in my life. I know who the characters are, how they got there and where they'll end up, I know the basic tenets of a novella (Keep It Simple Stupid, or at any rate, Simpler), and I am using a background I've used for other stuff, so a lot of the research is done.
The big thing that keeps me from my goal, at this point, is time. I can make it work and I do (I've got two series done with two books so far in each), but it is a constant challenge. Also, our computer is in the living room.
Off to do my LIH thing, back later.
Kathy Bailey

kaybee said...

Trixi, small goals are okay. That's how I manage when things are super-hectic. Anything you do is one less thing you're going to have to do.
KB

Sandra Leesmith said...

Connie Queen I'm so laughing at your trips to the refrigerator. That's exactly what I do. I keep thinking my next words are going to be in there. Or maybe my inspiration. Or maybe I'm just hungry for the Lord. I keep telling myself I should go to Him, but alas, its the refrigerator I keep going to. LOL

Hang in there.

Christina said...

Very inspiring post, and Speedbo is just what I need. January and February haven't been productive, but I'm going to look at that as just temporary. Sent my email to sign up and I'm ready!

Sandra Leesmith said...

Hi KB I'm hoping you are going to let us know how pantstering works for you. I'm such a plotter and every once in awhile I think I should pantster and it just doesn't work. Will be interested to hear if it helped you. Some people really benefit from it.

Sandra Leesmith said...

Trixi Good points about those quotes. I agree they are really helpful. Glynna did a terrific job of putting them with some of her wonderful photography.

Hang in there. I've found the smaller chunks really do help get the job done. One step at a time. One day at a time. It works.

Sandra Leesmith said...

Yay Jan Always great to get another Jan Drexler book out there. smile

Sandra Leesmith said...

Hi Sharee I have a historical on my heart also. Let me know how you manage the research? I've been putting it off til I'm settled in one place. But that could be a long time away. sigh

At least you have the book written. The research part should be fun. I love research myself. Best wishes on getting it done.

Happy writing.

Sandra Leesmith said...

Keli Your story is so inspiring. See that is what I was just saying to KB. some people really benefit from just sitting down and turning off the left brain editor and letting the right brain have at it. I'm so in awe and so happy for you.

Thanks for sharing that story. It really gave me some encouragement. Hope KB sees it too. It will hopefully encourage her also.

Sandra Leesmith said...

Gotta go. Pickleball calling me. Well not pickleball but my partner. We need to practice for all those tournaments coming up.

Meghan Carver said...

Thank you for the motivation today! I love that imagery of the rocks in the lake sometimes being barriers and sometimes not. Isn't that so true in life? I'm definitely in for Speedbo! I just need to figure out my goal. I want to set it high, but not so high I set myself up for failure.

Valri said...

I'm not a writer, but as you know, Glynna, I love every book you write, so please enter me in the drawing of your next book! I loved the first book in the series!

Valri

DebH said...

hi TINA
thanks for the meme quote. very funny. new profile pic is from my wedding invite I drew way back when (only 7.5 years, but still...).

as a Colorado native, I've been missing Colorado forever. that's why I glom onto the Seeker books set in Colorado. A piece of home. *happy sigh*

now to get a good list of story prompts to help me along with my flash fiction goals for Speedbo...

DebH said...

p.s.
Thanks again, Glynna for today's awesome, encouraging post. I really needed it. Worth mentioning twice.

kaybee said...

Did entry for LIH Manuscript Matchmakers. Whew. Haven't pressed "Send" yet, but it's ready to go.
KB

Myra Johnson said...

Wonderful, KB!

DebH said...

Yay KB!!! Go for it.

Mary Connealy said...

KAYBEE! YAY!!! Exciting moment. YAY for your courage to go for it!

Mary Connealy said...

Tina, sweetie, you were annoyed me in 2011? You mean you got over it?
SWEET!!!!

(hadn't noticed)

Mary Connealy said...

Naming Speedbo is one of those things that, well, it's sort of like...HOW ABOUT THIS? And it stuck.

Sorry.

I think it's too late to change now. :(

Clari Dees said...

What an encouraging post today, Glynna. My "dead ends" looked pretty permanent over the last three years, but they weren't. I believe now that they were God's way of detouring me into a direction I might not have tried otherwise, and He seems to be blessing this new direction.

I'm signed up for Speedbo. My biggest obstacle will be sitting myself down at my computer at the end of a work day when I'm tired of working on computers. :-) And being my own worst critic while getting that rough middle-of-a-story on paper and wondering if I'll ever make sense of the tangled mess of story lines. But I need to get it done quickly so I'll have time to edit, edit, edit. 'Cause... Umm... that deadline. (Gulp!)

Keli, your experience with being forced to do a first draft quicker then normal and it turning out better than you expected is a big encouragement to me. Thank you for sharing it!

Glynna Kaye said...

LUNCH TIME! So I'm back for a LITTLE bit!

JEANNE T - Oftentimes when we get "slammed" by a single thing, we can bounce back in pretty short order. But when life deals out things in multiples (the disappointment, the ACL surgery, etc.), we need to step back and take a deep breath. Then as time goes on we can be more firm (yet gentle) with ourselves. Not beat ourselves up, but gradually, step by small step, wade into the deeper waters. So try setting aside a bit of time--not a marathon amount--to get your feet wet. Pick something that sounds really FUN to you and start with that.

Myra Johnson said...

Yes, TINA & MARY, I have to be extra-careful every time I type "Speedbo" to be sure and remember the "b."

Glynna Kaye said...

CONNIE -- Set realistic goals for yourself, ones you know you can work in around all the home-schooling and caregiving. Life happens. It's real. Sometimes for me, the only way I can overcome the dilly dallying aspect is to set a timer and sit myself down in front of the computer. When I know I only have a 30 minute window, my brain will often kick itself into high gear to make the most of it. Congrats on signing up for Speedbo!

Glynna Kaye said...

HELLO, CINDY! It sounds as if you have some good goals for March! It's okay to "cheat" in getting a head start so the momentum can carry you through the end of the month on your revisions!

Glynna Kaye said...

Hi, JANET! Oh, yes, we had a BUNCH of temporary dead ends, didn't we?! And your reminder that God's timing is everything is SO TRUE.

Glynna Kaye said...

Hi, SHECKI! I'm happy the post "hit the spot" for you today. Sometimes we just need to take a deep breath to get a "second wind" so we can move forward again--even if only baby steps.

Glynna Kaye said...

Hello, JILL! Glad to hear you're all signed up for March! Wouldn't it be cool if we had record-breaking sign-ups this year? So glad you like the cover -- pretty snazzy boots, huh? :) I've added your name to the kitty dish with the others! :)

Glynna Kaye said...

Hi, CARYL! I'm happy the 'words of wisdom' gave you a boost today. I love reading through those books of "positive quotations." Always find a gem!

Glynna Kaye said...

Hi, CANDEE! "Speedboat" -- now that's a good word you've used for what sounds as if you intend to do next month! Cruising up the water-filled canyon full speed ahead! SO cool that your books 1 & 2 will be out this fall! The second one was such a struggle for me--I lacked the confidence that I could write another one -- but now here I am with my 10th soon to release.

March is a REALLY busy month for many folks--especially since that's when the kids head home for Spring Break. Sounds as if your Alphasmart will be worth every dime if you can log in writing time while on the playoffs road!

Glynna Kaye said...

Hey, MYRA!! As many roadblocks as we Seekers faced for so long, you'd think we'd have this stuff tattooed on our brains! But I always need reminders!

I'm the same way about losing momentum when I have to stop in the middle of my current WIP to address edits and AAs from the PREVIOUS book. My head is with my NEW characters and their situation and I hate being pulled away from them for a couple of weekends!

Glynna Kaye said...

Hello WILANI! Health issues can definitely slow you down despite the best of intentions. I'm sorry today's an especially bad day for you in that respect. Been there, done that with the extreme vertigo. I don't think I've ever experienced anything in my entire life that was worse than that. You're really persevering to have edited a chapter. That's nothing I'D have attempted on those world-spinning days. Saying a prayer for you, Wilani!

Glynna Kaye said...

Hey, MISSY! Glad you got yourself officially signed up for Speedbo! Should be a FUN month!

Glynna Kaye said...

Hi, DEBBY! Some of those boulder shots were taken at Lake Powell, so Sandra will be super familiar with those narrow water-filled canyons! Hope you can chip away at your boulders so you'll be ready for a month of Speedbo!

Glynna Kaye said...

Hello, TINA P! UGH. Packing & moving will roll a temporary boulder in your path for sure. And setting up a business, too? AND selling a house? AND getting sick? You sure know how to PILE ON the boulders! It's definitely time not to be too hard on yourself, just work your way back into the writing step by step.

Glynna Kaye said...

CONNIE -- Don't you wonder if there ever WAS truly a deaf child there or if someone just put that sign up because it seemed to work and slow people down?

Glynna Kaye said...

Hi, KELI! Yes, fear and doubt are BIGGIES. That's amazing that you wrote the entire book in six weeks AND ended up with light edits!

I'm not the speediest writer in the world, but I wonder how fast I could go if I could write more than 90 minutes each morning before work (and no, I'm not going to get up any earlier than the current 4 a.m.). I find that on weekends when I can stick with it longer, ideas feed ideas and I can move much faster. I'd LOVE to discover I could write a book in 6 weeks. That's absolutely AMAZING!

Glynna Kaye said...

Hello, SHAREE! I'm happy to see you're all signed up for Speedbo! I've never tried NaNo, but sure admire those who give it a shot!

Researching DOES create a temporary delay, doesn't it? But such a vital one! And it sounds as if the effort is paying off for you by enriching your story.

Glynna Kaye said...

Hi, JAN! Sounds as if your Speedbo goal is a good one!! This is fun to see what everyone will be shooting to accomplish next month. It's motivating to know that so many around us are "going for the gold!" right along beside us!

Glynna Kaye said...

Alas, have to get back to business--but I'll pop in again later!

So much fun seeing what everyone is committing to for Speedbo! :)

Dana R. Lynn said...

As soon as I can figure out where, I will be signing up for Speedbo, and not, as Ruthy reminded us, Speedo. Because I tend to hit send on comments without editing. And sometimes those mistakes are REALLY embarrassing. Which is funny, because when I am writing, I find it hard not to edit as I go. I do hope to finish the rough draft of my current WIP, which means I will have to tell my inner editor to take a hike. But only temporarily:)

I loved this post. I was at a temporary dead end for years, and then God seemed to think it was time to move forward. So I have to trust he knows what He's doing.

Love the cover of your new book. Would love to win a copy, too!

Myra Johnson said...

DANA, look on the main Seekerville blog page at the tabs beneath the logo. You should see a Speedbo 2016 tab. All the signup details will be there.

Dana R. Lynn said...

Got it! And I am signed up. Thanks MYRA!

Barbara Fox said...

Ok I did it. Signed up because Glynna is so encouraging. Will finish my first rewrite by the end of Speedbo. I'm in.

Sandra- I had to research online your sport. Interesting!

Sandy Smith said...

This is a wonderful post Glynna and one I really needed. I know I can finish my book if I persevere. My biggest challenge is just sitting down to do it.

I am going to commit to Speedbo. I did it last year and made my goal of 1,000 words a day. (A couple days I didn't quite make it but I caught it up.) I am committing to the same this year.

However, not going to try what my husband said. Yesterday he asked, "Did you sign up for that thing in March?"

I said, "What thing?"

His reply: "You know, that thing where you write 1000 pages a day."

I had to correct him that it was 1000 words--not pages. That would be one prolific writer who could do that!

Please put me in the drawing.

Kav said...

So needed to read this today...and everyday. I can always count on a visit to Seekerville to knock some sense into me. :-)

Laura Conner Kestner said...

Glynna thank you so much for this post! You said: "When we started on our writing journey, The Seekers didn’t know if we’d ever be published. But we hoped. We prayed. We worked hard and persevered--and we encouraged and cheered each other on."

Such an important reminder for me. It will happen, if it's supposed to, in His time, not mine. Meanwhile, I can keep hoping, praying, working hard and persevering. I'm so very grateful for the encouragement and cheering that comes from The Seekers through this site. Bless y'all.

I'm signed up for Speedbo. My goal is 1,000 words per day on book two of my series, while also trying to figure out what to do with book one now that I've typed "The End." Thanks again!

Glynna Kaye said...

Hi, DANA! Looks like Myra directed you to the Speedbo sign-up spot! :) It sounds as if you have a good March goal--and YES do tell your inner editor to hit the road!

I'm glad you like the cover! It looks so cozy to me. I love log cabins -- and porch swings!

Glynna Kaye said...

YAY, BARBARA's signed up for Speedbo, too! Finishing your rewrite by the end of the month sounds like a perfect goal.

Glynna Kaye said...

Hi, SANDY! Your hubby must REALLY have confidence in you if he thinks you're capable of 1000 PAGES a day!! I'm glad you're backing that off to a more modest 1,000 words a day so the rest of us won't feel inferior. :) (And you'd be giving Nora Roberts a run for her money!)

Glynna Kaye said...

Hey, KAV! I'm glad the post hit the spot for you today. I think sometimes we just need to know we're not alone. Writing can be isolating, so knowing we're all in the same boat with similar challenges can be so motivating! Hope you're able to set a goal and join us in Speedbo! ONLY SIX MORE DAYS!

Glynna Kaye said...

Hello LAURA! So happy to see you've signed up for Speedbo! 1,000 words a day is great goal (one I hope to hit in my weekday writing time in March, too!).

Congrats on finishing the book! Such a large portion of the population says they want to write a book, but few even start, let alone finish. When you're pausing to catch your breath in March, you can give some thought as to where you might find a perfect "home" for your first book!

Glynna Kaye said...

Ooops, you slipped by me, CLARI!

Yes, sometimes dead ends appear out of nowhere when you thought you'd already gotten over the biggest hurdles and were on your way. It sounds as if you encountered a few years of that and that God's beginning to open a new door.

I totally understand the challenge of sitting down the computer at the end of the day after you've sat in front of a day job monitor for 8-10 hours. UGH. I'm no good at that, so if at all possible (except when, as you mentioned, a contracted deadline is looming) I try to steer clear of my computer in the evenings except to check email (or Seekerville!). That's when, though, I might sometimes go off with my Alphasmart (no monitor screen staring at me) or I may even pull out a big newsprint pad and write a draft by hand of a scene I'll elaborate on during my early morning writing time the next day.

So glad you'll be joining us for Speedbo 2016 next week!!

Glynna Kaye said...

TRIXI -- Yes, dreading something can really slow us down, de-motivates and de-energizes us. It sounds, though, as if you have the right attitude to set doable goals that you can reward yourself for as you move toward the larger goal. When I get out into the no man's land of the middle of a book, I can't tell myself "I have to FINISH THE BOOK." Instead, I tell myself "I am going to WRITE THIS NEXT SCENE." Saying "finish the book" is just too intimidating sometimes!

You're right, fear is another biggie we tend to get ourselves tangled up in. We too often let our past dictate our future. But by recognizing our tendency to do that, it really helps us to keep our eyes on God and to trust him in whatever challenges we're facing.



Glynna Kaye said...

Hey there, SANDRA! Writing and pickleball tournaments -- a great combo! :)

Glynna Kaye said...

Hi, KATHY B! Sounds as if you're really busy during these days leading up to Speedbo! Congrats on entering the contests!!

Pantsing a Christmas novella during Speedbo sounds like so much fun! I bet you can do it -- even though your computer IS in a super high-traffic area. YIKES! Did you write all your other books there, too?

Glynna Kaye said...

Hello, CHRISTINA! Yep, your less-than-productive start to the year is going to be a thing of the past. :) So happy you signed up to join us for Speedbo!

Glynna Kaye said...

Hi, MEGHAN!! Good idea to set a realistic goal--one that's challenging but not overwhelming. Something that you'll look forward to working on each day, that stretches you just a little bit farther then you thought you could go. So give that goal / goals a little thought, then sign up for Speedbo!

Glynna Kaye said...

HI,VALRI!! So glad you enjoyed "Rekindling the Widower's Heart!" The third in the series, "The Pastor's Christmas Courtship," will be out in November. And yes, I've thrown your name in the kitty dish for the second in the series! :)

Glynna Kaye said...

As usual, by the time I arrive here after work, everyone else has packed up their toys and gone home! :)

Thanks to all of you for stopping by and sharing your plans for Speedbo! And thank you to all the Seekers who popped in throughout the day to keep things lively! :)

I hope that some of you who are still sitting on the fence about joining us in March will prayerfully give it further thought and sign up for Speedbo! We'd all LOVE to cheer you on toward your goal for the month!

Chill N said...

Thanks for the wonderful post, Glynna! I already know what my biggest Speedbo challenge will be -- I looked at my calendar for March :-) If that much is scheduled to happen, heaven only knows what else will come along. But forewarned means I can maximize the writing time I do have.

Thanks to you and all the Seekers for all your encouragement!

Nancy C

Sherida Stewart said...

Glynna, I love this post! Just what I needed. My challenge will be to finish all my routine things to do and also make time for writing during Speedbo. But I will make progress.....and stay positive.....as I "face my fears!" Please enter my name for your new book. Thanks!

Marianne Barkman said...

I love SPEEDBO. Not because I write, but because of all the potential novels coming out of it. AUTHORS ROCK!!!

Glynna Kaye said...

Hi, NANCY! You really ARE facing a big challenge if March is already wall-to-wall happenings! I wish you the best in finding a way to work your writing in around it all!

Glynna Kaye said...

Hello, SHERIDA! It's always those "routine things" that take up so much time our of our time, isn't it?! And all of them take LONGER to do than we think they will. But it sounds as if you have a positive attitude toward making progress on your Speedbo goals and that's half the battle!

Glynna Kaye said...

Hey, MARIANNE! I'm hoping March will generate a LOT of books and novellas for future reading pleasure, too!

Renee McBride said...

"Not to be confused with speedo". Now, that's funny! You gals make me laugh.

Renee McBride said...

So true!

Renee McBride said...

Oh, great. Now I'm seeing a portly man. Thanks, I think...

Renee McBride said...

Good morning, Glynna! Thanks for your post today. I love the stepping stone analogy. It reminds me that Jesus is the rock under our feet as we climb.

Renee McBride said...

Good morning, Glynna! Thanks for your post today. I love the stepping stone analogy. It reminds me that Jesus is the rock under our feet as we climb.

Julie Lessman said...

Glynna, WOW, what an inspiring post, my friend!! Sooooo many great quotes, both in your graphics and in your post!

One of my faves is: "So maybe you can’t write a book in a month. But can you commit to writing daily for a month?" Because I will admit that hearing the term "book in a month" does intimidate me, but when you put it like you did, it's sooooo doable!!

Sorry I'm late, but it was worth the wait!

Hugs,
Julie

Kelly Goshorn said...

Glynna, Thanks for this post! This is exactly what I needed to hear right now. I've been sidetracked by a million other things lately, not all of which were legitimate reasons to not put my bum in the chair and write! Then I beat myself up thinking how I should've had so much done by now and instead of inspiring me to get busy, I feel defeated and the whole ugly cycle repeats itself. I loved the quote, "It does not matter how slowly you go, so long as you do not stop." Pinning this one! So thankful for the reminder! My Speedbo commitment is to write everyday! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

Glynna Kaye said...

Thanks for stopping by RENEE!

Glynna Kaye said...

Hey, JULIE! Yeah, a book in a month intimidates me, too -- but Keli G writing one in six weeks has inspired me! Maybe one day I, too, can achieve that! :)

Glynna Kaye said...

Hello, KELLY! It's so easy to get side-tracked, isn't it? Committing to writing every day sounds like a GREAT Speedbo goal! So glad you'll be joining us for 31 days of hard work -- AND FUN!

I found that quote in a book of positive quotations---it's noted as a Chinese proverb.

Chris Bailey said...

My baddie dead end sign reads, "Why would anyone ever be interested in reading this?" I plan to overcome by ramming that thing full Speedbo ahead. I'm going for a finished second draft in March, and as I go, I'm praying for the courage to reveal the character emotion that will make the story compelling.

Glynna Kaye said...

CHRIS -- excellent idea! Shove those fears outside the door for the month of March and write your heart out on that second draft. Years ago I was told by a writing workshop instructor that we MUST remember: "I write only to RE-write!" So glad you'll be joining us!