A New Writing Challenge

Today, I’m switching gears.

It’s been a ridiculously long time since I’ve blogged here with any regularity. I didn’t die or fall off the face of the earth or anything. Instead, I’ve been Ghosting. Literally. I’ve been doing my time in the word mines, like Chuck Wendig would say.

In the time since I’ve been gone (from here, anyway), I’ve written six novellas and four novels. Only bad thing? My name wasn’t on nary a one.

I’ve got some great experience under my belt. Plotting, working on a schedule, making bank and seeing how much this whole writing thing really can pay. Working with an editorial team (omg I miss that already) and crafting top-notch work.

No regerts, man.

Now? Because of some crazy life interruptions, I’m switching gears. Downshifting, you might say. I’m happy to admit, though, I went out on top. Writing 80K words per month, watching the high-ranking Amazon releases and awesome reviews… I was running at a breakneck pace and threw a shoe.

It’s time to return to my writer roots.

Pick up the blog again.

Pull out my old MSs and dust off my half-finished novels. The ones with my name on them.

Work on my own stuff.

Throw my hat in the pitching and self-publishing arenas again.

I’m kicking off a challenge today: writing on ONE project, every night, for the next 30 days. One hour of editing/rewriting, or 1,000 new words, if it’s a fresh project.

I had a series started a few years back: The Briarfield Brides. Book #1 did pretty well in a Harlequin contest and is finished– I just set it aside and moved on when the line closed down, instead of submitting it under another imprint, as was suggested to me by an editor. I’m picking it back up, reworking it to strengthen the conflict, and tossing it back into the submission process. Then, I’ll write the already-outlined next two books in the series.

I’m focusing on one project at a time, for 30 days at a time, with nightly check-ins for accountability. So: Day #1 is tomorrow.

Do you want to join me? Have any #writergoals you’re focusing on right now? I’d love to hear them!



If all goes as planned, here’s the view I’ll have this weekend:

View from the deck at the Bay Pointe Inn.

The Bay Pointe Inn is this year’s locale for my local Romance Writers of America chapter’s annual retreat–the Mid-Michigan RWA will be celebrating 30 years! I’ve only been a part of the group for two of those 30, but what an amazing bunch of women. I’m proud to be a part of such a kick-ass bunch of writerly gals.

Hope your weekend is just as awesome! heart