New Year’s resolutions…or not

But I can’t find my list of resolutions.

Anywhere.

So I either 1) put it somewhere I wouldn’t forget, and I’ll find it in another six months or so, or 2) the dog ate it, along with several grocery lists and the instructions for assembling my husband’s new bike, or 3) I never made a list in the first place.

I have a suspicion it’s door #3: I never made resolutions for 2017.

And here’s why:

  1. Years ago, I realized I didn’t have to wait for a new year to begin new habits or improve on old ones. Making resolutions is really procrastination, waiting for the right moment to begin a new project or make a change. Every writer I know has learned the truth – there is no ‘right’ moment to start writing. A new year is not going to magically make it happen. You just have to sit down and write. Now.
  2. Resolutions sugarcoat tough realities. Of course, a writer resolves to write a book every year. Some years, that actually happens. Yippee! Other years, that ambitious resolution gets buried by the nuts-and-bolts of marketing the last book you wrote, preventing you from even picking a topic or plot for the new book you wanted to write this year. Or you have a family crisis that demands all your attention and energy. Experienced writers know that life happens…and when it does, writing resolutions go out the window…until those same writers are ready to process what they’ve experienced and incorporate it into their next book, which may not be the next book they thought they’d be writing.
  3. Resolutions are limiting. Again, life is full of surprises, and when a writer feels tugged in a new direction, an old resolution can be inhibiting. Why keep hammering away on that novel you’ve worked over for years, when an unexpected opportunity to write (or co-write) a self-improvement book presents itself and you find yourself drawn to it? Good writers know they need to welcome growth opportunities, sometimes even before they finish old projects.

So you won’t find me writing resolutions for 2018 in the next week. Instead, I’m going to rejoice in all the satisfying things my writing life brought me in 2017: learning how to build my own website, hearing from a growing number of readers how much they enjoy my books, an unexpected nomination for a Christy Award from my publisher, invitations to speak to groups, returning to writing a blog, sharing my faith with published devotionals, and mentoring new writers.

Wait a minute. I am going to write one resolution after all. And here it is: Thank God every day for the gift of writing.

I know I can remember that. And I’ll never have to worry about the dog eating it, either…

Happy New Year, writers!

How about you? Do you make resolutions?

(This post appeared earlier today at https://wordservewatercooler.com/2017/12/26/new-years-resolutions-or-not/)

Book giveaway of Archangels 1 & 2!

It’s the season for giving, and I’m partnering with Goodreads.com to give away a set of my Archangels thrillers! Enter by Dec. 13 to have a chance to win a copy of both Heaven’s Gate AND Heart and Soul just in time for Christmas reading.

“You’ll stand up and cheer!” wrote one early reviewer of the books, which bring together cutting-edge science with Christian faith. “It’s a page-turner filled with thought-provoking ideas regarding the power of prayer and faith,” said another. With Amazon ratings of 4.5/5 stars, you know you’re in for a great read, and isn’t that what we all want when we pick up a book?

 

Lifting up faith and hope

Actually, one of the main reasons I began writing the Archangels series is because I was so tired of reading books that exploited evil. I thought I would scream in frustration if I read one more book about a serial killer, or a book that left me with a bad taste in my mouth regarding the awful things people do to each other. At that point, I resolved that I needed to write a series that lifted up faith, goodness, and hope DESPITE the evil in the world.

Archangels are the result, and judging from reader reviews, they hit the mark.

So I hope you’ll enter the giveaway. Or buy the books to read, or gift to someone else. In this holy season of Advent, as we await the return of our Lord and Redeemer, may we all fill our hearts with those most glorious gifts of faith, hope and charity!

For your chance to win, enter here.