Challenge to Myself


Life is funny. As soon as you set your mind out to do something you really want to do, something wholly unpredictable presents itself. In my case this was a new home in a new state, a new full-time job, and a suddenly overflowing school schedule. Oh, and a social life. That last one came out of left field for sure. But I digress. What was it I wanted to do? Write more, specifically my second novel.

My debut novel is ready to go to the editor, but since I was on a roll, starting the follow-up book seemed like a good idea. But as life is apt to do, it threw in a monkey wrench in my plans in the form of adulthood and responsibility. And occasional fun. We can’t forget that.

Needless to say, I had to take a step back and come to grips with my suddenly busy life. After some heavy soul searching, I decided to take a break from school until the beginning of next year. That gives me a little over two months to focus on other things, including writing, editing, and possibly publishing. Probably won’t get all three done in two months; I am somewhat realistic. However, I plan to get something accomplished in that time frame.

So here it is: I am challenging myself to have a rough draft of my second novel completed by the time I take up my classes again. I already have some done, including my outline. I just have to put everything together. By the time I attend my first class of 2014, I will have the rough draft of “Awaiting Boaz” ready for editing, proofreading, and all that jazz.

There’s no excuse for me not to have this done. Yes, I am still busy, but I am not as busy as before. I need to take advantage of the time I have at the moment and not let anything distract me. This includes my Tuesday nights, which have turned into “hey-let’s-go-to-Kris’s-apartment-for-I-Dream-of-NeNe-and-snacks-and-conversation” nights. As much as I love bonding with my buddies, I still need to get some work done. It’s time to start grinding and get some things accomplished. Words aren’t going to write themselves, you know.

So there ya have it. I have  taken a break from academics to get my writing in order, and I’m ready to work. I fully intend to make the most of this challenge come Hell or high water…or the upcoming holiday season.


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