"Everybody can be great because anybody can serve. You don't have to have a college degree to serve. You don't have to make you subject and verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love." ~Martin Luther King
A few weeks ago some friends were chatting on Twitter about writing goals for the new year. One of them asked what my goals were and I replied, "I'm going to try to write something sometime."
The past few years I've set big word count goals for myself and then I've been super frustrated when I realize I can't make them happen. I'm not going to do that anymore.
In the five years I've been writing, I've realized something about myself and the way I write:
I'm not an everyday writer.
I think just about every book about writing I've ever read has said something like, "You must write every day. If you don't you suck and you will never amount to anything."
I've tried MANY times to become an everyday writer. It doesn't work for me.
Writing does not happen when my kids are home on breaks, when anyone is sick, or when I'm prepping for anything big (holidays, vacation, parties, etc). I write when I have time to write, and that's okay. My books get done eventually.
This year I'm going to embrace the "write something sometime" approach. I'm not setting any lofty goals. I'm going to write when I have time and energy to write and I'm not going to feel guilty when I'm snuggling on the couch, watching Muppets for the millionth time with my two-year-old instead of cranking out a few more pages.
I'm a mother of four who loves gardening, trips to the beach, and books that aren't boring. I write novels for children and young adults. My writing is represented by Sara Megibow of Nelson Literary Agency.