Therese here. Just a quick reminder that our second Writer Unboxed Twitter chat will take place today at 1 p.m. EST on Twitter.com. Anyone can participate; just look for — and use — the #WUChat hashtag. Be sure, too, that you’re following host Heather Webb (@msheatherwebb) and the Writer Unboxed Twitter account (@WriterUnboxed). Let’s recap 2014 — favorite books, accomplishments, and more — and discuss goals for 2015, including how to create new pathways to better fiction writing. See you on Twitter at 1 p.m.! Until then, please enjoy today’s post by Erika Robuck!
“What you get by achieving your goals is not as important as what you become by achieving your goals.” ~Henry David Thoreau
For those of us in the Northern Hemisphere, we are just on the other side of the solstice, in the dark, dark days. Light is precious, especially when many of our waking hours are spent under low, heavy clouds, enduring winter storms, or in the lethargic state prevalent at this time of year. (Can you tell I need my happy light?)
I have great admiration for creatures who hibernate, but since I can’t cozy up in a cave to wait it out, I thought I’d look to the future for momentum. Like many others, I use this time to set my creative goals, which are two-fold: first, to get my forthcoming novel The House of Hawthorne (NAL/Penguin Random House, May 5th) into the hands of the first readers who would most enjoy it, and second, to complete a new historical novel that does not have a famous dead writer as a protagonist, but rather, a very specific setting and time period.
I asked a group of authors whom I admire to share their goals for 2015 with me. Their answers were humorous, heartfelt, reassuring, and inspirational. I hope they are for you, too. [Read more…]