- Continually trying to answer the question...can a man of few words write a successful novel?
I'm a Mystery/Thriller/Suspense writer from small town USA who struggles everyday to balance my passion for prose against the need to be a full-time bread winner. Finding ways to devote more time to my writing is the challenge, but for now all I can do is follow this tug at my heart to wherever it leads. I'm here primarily to soak up all the knowledge I can from the writing-centric blogosphere, but I'll do my best to contribute by thinking of new and innovative ways to churn the writing pot.
Thursday, December 29, 2011
Are You Insane?
FALLEN KNIGHT again and started shopping it to agents, but I only distributed a dozen or so letters with nary a nibble before I halted the process due to dissatisfaction with my query letter. I wrote just one original short story during the whole year, roughly outlined the premise for the third book in the Knights series, toyed around with a couple other book ideas, and I’ll top that under-whelming list off with the fact that I quit writing entirely for about five months. From a broad view of where I need to be, very little positive happened last year.
My non-writing related goals tanked as well. Let’s just say that neither my intellectual growth nor body image went in the direction I was shooting for!
So what should I do to prepare for 2012? I’ll tell you what I do…the strategies I formulated last year to help me achieve my goals in 2011…they’re going out the window. It was Albert Einstein who said that the definition of Insanity was doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results. Well, I must be a little bit nuts because I’ve basically been doing the same thing for two years and wondering why I’m still writing post like this. You know what’s even more frustrating? I’m not butting my head against the wall because nobody feels my manuscript is good enough, nope, I’ve not even made it that far. I definitely need a new tact and a bolder approach. It’s about to get mighty uncomfortable in my comfort zone. I’m not sure what I’m going to do yet, but it won’t be the same ole, same ole.
So if you’re about to sit down to compose your list of 2012 resolutions, here’s a little advice. If you jot down a familiar goal, one that’s made the list several years running, ask yourself this simple question…are you Insane? If the answer is no, then it’s not the list of resolutions that needs updating…it’s your plan of attack!
Happy New Year everybody! See you on the other side. :)
Posted by DL Hammons at 5:00 AM