Review Last Year, Set Goals for Next Year

Last year at about this time, I suggested you set some goals for the new year. How did you do? What went right? Take time to celebrate your successes. That will give you hope and inspiration for the future. It will also help you set new goals that stretch you.

What went wrong? More importantly, why did things go right or wrong? And what are you going to change next year?

Goals for 2016

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I am thankful for you

Here in the States it’s Thanksgiving, and as I reflect on the many things I’m thankful for—home, family, friends, my congregation, freedom, and meaningful employment—I want you to know that you have a place on that list, too. When I started this blog just under three years ago, no one was paying attention, and I had no assurance anyone would. But here you are. Your kind attention and thoughtful comments make this endeavor worthwhile. So I am thankful for you and to you, Dear Reader, for sticking with me. Whichever holidays you celebrate, may you be abundantly blessed this season.

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Set New Goals for 2015

If you haven’t already, this is a great time to set some goals. Not resolutions. We all know how those end up. I’m talking about real, attainable goals for your writing career.

Your goal could be time-based, for example, to spend an hour writing every day. Or it could be productivity based, such as writing 5,000 words per week.

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Happy Christmas

To you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is the Messiah, the Lord.—Luke 2:11

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Church of the Immaculate Conception, Ballymote, Ireland • Photo by Andreas F. Borchert, used under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Germany license, via Wikimedia Commons


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Inspirational must-read book for new writers

Writing in Obedience: A Primer for Christian Fiction Writers by Terry Burns and Linda Yezak

My Rating: ★★★★★

This is a truly wonderful book that will help Christian writers, especially novelists, clarify their place in the market. It helps us sort out whether our writing is a calling or an offering by describing the difference. It also examines the different types of audiences we may write for and how to tailor your writing for each audience.

The detailed breakdowns of how different stories need to be structured for these different audiences are alone worth the cover price. I have never seen that information anywhere else. Continue reading

The power of small wins in writing a book

A friend on a writers’ e-mail list shared a link to this wonderful story about persistence: The Daffodil Principle

It’s a lovely, inspirational story, but of course my first reaction — I suppose this is true for a lot of people — was to wonder whether such a beautiful garden could really exist. Was this a real anecdote from the author’s life, or a fictional story? So I went on one of my research jags.

An illustrated storybook version of The Daffodil Principle is available from Amazon.

The spectacular garden described in the story does exist. I found an archive of an old Geocities website that describes the history of the daffodil garden and includes some lovely pictures.
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