Vacation is some of the most creative writing time for me because North Carolina beaches inspire and intrigue. On the one hand, there are few things as lovely as watching the sun rise or set over the water. But at nighttime the sharks come out and, at least for me, it’s frightening not being able to see clearly as the deep waters crash into the shoreline.
What settings inspire your creativity?
It’s time for a goals update. I used to review my goals once a quarter, but now it’s more like twice a year. No matter how often it happens it is important to gauge progress.
GOALS FOR 2017
Considering my real estate work schedule and my family commitments, I am keeping it simple again this year.
- Participate in Picture Book Idea Month in January. I’ve participated in this endeavor twice, which resulted in Macaroni and Cheese for Thanksgiving being published, Amos Faces His Bully being under contract, and four other picture books written. I’m game to do it again.
- Submit two short stories this year.
- Contribute to Guardian Angel Kids e-zine once this year.
- Seek out guest blogging opportunities once a quarter.
- Write four chapters of Amelia’s Mission by June.
- Attend writing group monthly.
JUNE 2017 GOAL UPDATE
Goal 1: Complete! Picture Book Idea Month became STORYSTORM this year. This allowed more writers to participate and certainly helped me to achieve my goal of 30 story ideas in 30 days.
Goal 2: I’m really not a short story person, but I am hoping something I have in my finished works might be tweaked. Might look at this on vacation next month.
Goal 3: Not yet. I may be too late, but I’ll see what the themes are for the remainder of the year and go from there.
Goal 4: Definitely got back into guest blogging this year. The release of Macaroni and Cheese for Thanksgiving and my participation in the Author’s Fair at our local library helped this along.
Goal 5: Did not happen and might not happen. I ended up going in a slightly different direction, using my monthly writing group meetings to review The Sisterhood, a women’s fiction story that I would really like to revise.
Goal 6: I’ve only missed one so far this year. I’ll miss next month’s while we are on vacation. Amazing considering how busy my real estate business has been.
New item: Amos Faces His Bully is currently being illustrated. That should come out sometime later this year. I’ll need to dedicate time October – December to promote it.
New item: I’ve given the Christian chapter book I ghostwrote to one of my publishers for review. With any luck I’ll be needing to work on edits to that this year as well. Say a prayer.
How are your writing goals coming?
It’s the third Friday of the month so you’ll find me blogging at Christian Children’s Authors. Today’s topic: Having Faith When Life Throws You Curveballs. Check it out at http://christianchildrensauthors.com/2017/05/19/having-faith-when-life-throws-you-a-curveball/
As part of the Author Fair I participated in, visitors voted on which of my story ideas I should work on next. Here are the winners listed by popularity.
Picture Book/Early Readers
- Re-imagined Little Red Riding Hood with a modern girl who outwits the wolf.
- On a cold Christmas Eve, a tiny buck is frightened away from his home by a bear. He’s gone so far that he doesn’t know the way home, but then he remembers something his mother always told him and her wisdom help guides him home.
- An ingenious turkey comes up with ways to avoid becoming Thanksgiving Day dinner.
- Five-year-old Beatrice and her make-believe friend Charlotte go on an adventure where they imagine the lawn mower is really a dinosaur eating up everything and they must escape.
- A young boy comes up with a plan to save Christmas when Santa cancels the holiday because there are too many kids on the naughty list.
- When an eleven-year-old victim of excessive bullying commits suicide, the residents of her small town are left with the struggle of maintaining the status quo or changing how they treat each other.
- A time travel series where two or three kids travel to the past via a certain object and meet historical figures along the way, helping to solve some problem. Once the problem is solved, the object brings them back home.
- A time travel story where a child journeys to the future and helps an older person, discovering at the end that the person she helped was her older self.
- A mystery about private school kids on a field trip who work to uncover a missing artifact or find a student who goes missing.
Young Adult and Adult
- Modern day Romeo and Juliet story.
- Thriller about a wife who attempts to murder her husband and then disappears. With the help of a private investigator who is his former girlfriend he works to track down his wife.
- A mystery with a love triangle set in the 1970s.
- A story of three sisters from a dysfunctional family each coping with a crisis and how those crises draw them together.
Please vote for your favorites in the comments section of this post. Thanks.
It’s been a little while since I’ve posted at Christian Children’s Authors. I come back talking about waiting on God’s timing. Please visit and leave your thoughts at http://christianchildrensauthors.com/2017/02/17/great-to-be-back/
Challenge accepted and challenge met!
My virtual book tour for Macaroni and Cheese for Thanksgiving continues today. You can find me at two places:
Tuesday, December 6 – Guest Blogging at Dear Reader, Love Author
Tuesday, December 6 – Book Featured at As the Page Turns