Saturday, December 31, 2011

Rekindle the Fire and Happy New Year!

I'm back. Okay, I don't normally post on a Saturday, but I have good stuff coming up Monday and Tuesday so I thought I give a quick blurb today.

First, Happy New Year!

Now, I plan to be doing a lot more writerly posts this year and I thought this may be one others can relate to. I'm ready to say goodbye to 2011. I did learn a lot, but the one thing that is truely sticking out is that I need to re-light my love for writing. It seems my quest for getting an agent and book deal has become more of an obsession than a search. Not that I'm quitting the quest or writing. It just seems that the excited love I used to feel has smoldered a little, faded slightly. I know it's not easy when the others around you are getting agents and book deals or are in the position you want to be.

So, how do you fix it? That is something I've been trying to figure out all year. This past week I started reading things I've written a while back. Other stories that I started, thinking that they weren't good enough or I lost interest because my focus switched to getting an agent. The fact is--I love those stories, and those characters. I want to immerse myself back into them. I think taking a break, re-focusing on what is important in your writing, and reading some things you've hidden away clears the smoke that covers the love, making you see what made you write in the first place.

 What's next? I still plan to query, early in the year (after the betas read it). The thing is I'm looking at it differently. Not with the fiery eyes of obsession, but with the acceptance that it is a step in my journey. A step of learning and growing. I also can't wait to get back into writing my other stories.

What's coming up:

Monday, I will participating in Frankie's 3rd Annual No Kiss Blogfest. I better get writing. :)

Tuesday, Giveaway announcement for this lovely number.

I will also be doing a series on what I've learned with some great links so stay tuned. So that was short and quick cause the kids are fighting. Argh.

Happy New Year!! Any plans?
Stay Safe!!


  1. Hey Christine! Sometimes it's easy to become so obsessed with something we don't even know why we are doing it - and we drift from it. So good stuff that you are back on track.
    My next few posts are all planned out and ready, and of course I'm all set for the end of February!
    Happy New Year.

  2. Great post. I'm in a very similar predicament, except that I have not reached the stage of acceptance yet.

  3. I love that idea. I've been trying to figure out how I can find the love for writing again, too. I'll definitely have to try it. :) Happy New Year!

  4. K.M. Walton's website is so much fun. I love going there and looking at all the busy stuff going on.

  5. No plans for us. Just staying home eating fried chicken and cookies! Happy New Year to you too! :)

  6. Happy New Year!!! We just played Catan, watched the last episode of Once Upon a Time, and snuggled. Good stuff.

  7. Sounds like you've done a lot of thinking. I'm glad you know what you need to do to reignite that spark :-)