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Not Hitting Your Goals is Okay – 2016 Semi-Inspiring Pep Talk

So I set a goal for myself: Have an agent by my 31st birthday. Now, ten days away¬†from my deadline, it’s not going to happen. That crushes me to have to write that on the screen, but it’s true. I’m one of the most tenacious people I know and admitting defeat is against every piece of who I am. But I lost – in one way. I won – in many others.

2015 has been a year of growth. I learned that I need to conform (no matter how hard it is) to some aspects of genre whereas, I can break rules in others if I’m careful. I’ve made a ton of writer friends who have helped me immensely with improving my writing. I’ve received many compliments and encouraging words from those people and I cannot thank them enough. I’ve also learned balance and that I can’t be so goal driven that everything else falls away. I’ve learned that sometimes you have to scrap 2/3 of a novel and rewrite it because it sucks. But most importantly, I’ve learned that if I keep going, I will get there. I’ve seen that I’m on the right path, but I still have a little ways to go and there’s nothing wrong with that.

But I’d better get there in 2016 or God help me (just kidding, kind of).

Happy New Year Everyone. I hope all your goals become realized in 2016.

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