"If you write FOR a particular market or FOR a particular editor you will often miss the mark. But if you write because your fingers have danced across the keyboard, because a character has tapped you on the shoulder, because a story has settled in your heart, then even if you never sell it you have done the work you were meant to do. And sometime, dear readers, real magic happens." Jane Yolen


Still Learning - a Goals/Progress Update

Is it REALLY the last day of January? In some ways, it feels like the month has flown by, though in others, January has been SOOOO long. Anyway - the calendar tells me tomorrow is February 1, so I suppose it's time to look back at the past month and forward to the one to come.

So, how did I do with my goals? Well, let's see. I've posted them below(directly from last months goals/progress post):
  • Keep up with the two online classes I'm taking this month (1. Avoiding Mistakes that Scream Novice on the ACFW course loop[free to ACFW members!] and 2. Six Stages of Change - The Character ARC at Savvy Authors ) and make good progress in The Art of War for Writers by James Scott Bell.
  • Completely read through Ailing Body, Nourished Soul, noting thoughts of how to "transform" it into less of a memoir and more of a "help through struggles" book.
  • Work with Jennifer Slattery on determining the 52 New Testament biblical fiction devos in our next project.
 I did keep up in both classes (I learned a TON - watch for my monthly "What I Learned About Writing" post on Thursday about it, as promised in my yearly goals post). I also started - AND finished - The Art of War for Writers. Hiiiggghhllyy recommended!

I'm not QUITE done reading through Ailing Body, Nourished Soul - just six chapters to go out of 28. Planning to be done by the end of this week. So not quite - but close. And Jennifer and I DID finish determining - and outlining - the 52 devos we'll be doing.

So, overall, it was a pretty good month. And how about February, you ask? Well, here are my goals:
  • Keep up on the Margie Lawson class - Empowering Characters' Emotions - I'm taking in February (This is an incredible teacher - and class. Can't recommend it more highly. So much to learn - lots of reading, but SO worth it - and it's not too late to sign up!)
  • Finish my Ailing Body, Nourished Soul read-through and continue to ponder what God wants me to do with this manuscript.
  • Be intentional about applying what I've learned so far this year to my writing (blog posts, at least one "new" short story, and possibly Handmaiden to a Princess)
I think I'll stick with that. Thanks for reading, and cheering me on!

Traveling Rough Roads With God's Strength

1 comment:

  1. Looks like your 2012 is off to a great start.


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