Saturday, December 29, 2007

New Year, New Approach

Once again, a new year waits patiently for us to arrive. Or, at least that's how I've felt lately. I keep watching it out of the corner of my eye, ever aware of its presence. It's like the wise father with a knowing smile holding the door open, waiting for the child to come in from playing.

I didn't feel this last year, this pulling, this anxiousness to step over that thick black line we've slashed in time, allowing for fresh perspectives, new resolutions...fresh starts. I also feel a pull toward not just writing, but finishing what I've started. It's time to focus.

I've decided to give myself a deadline, which has always been a four letter word for me, but I'm feeling ready for a new approach. I'm giving myself three months to finish my novel. I will have to write about two pages a day to meet this goal and being a slow writer, this is definitely a challenge.

Unfortunately, this need to focus all my time and energy in one place means that I will be taking a hiatus from writing here. I'll still visit those of you that have become my connection, my life lines in the solitude, my friends and co-conspirators in this crazy writing business.

New beginnings, new loves, new experiences and successes to you all!

Happy New Year & I'll see you soon!


Anonymous said...

Write well, Shannon! I'll be sending as much positive energy your way as possible. Here's to realistic deadlines, four letter words, and staying true to yourself.

Happy New Writing Year!

Shelli said...

Good luck with your writing! Although I write better under pressure, giving myself deadlines has always been difficult. You have my good thoughts cheering you on.

Gary said...

You are brilliant, Mrs. Esposito. So, my advice to you would simply be "be brilliant." Never forget that about yourself. Much love and all that good gushy stuff. GIH

bella said...

I felt the same way this year, this new beginning. The time is ripe for this and you are not alone.
I will miss getting to read you here. but I'm sending you good vibes for your daily novel writing. How exciting.
All the best to you this coming year.

Tia Nevitt said...

Happy New Year, and good luck with your deadline.

Shawn said...

OK then ... I'll be asking for updates on those two pages daily. I like Gary's advice ... just be brilliant and the rest will fall into place.

Happy New Year!!

Anonymous said...

Deadlines work. That's why they call them deadlines. Good for you.

Shannon said...

Thanks for your words of support & encouragement! So far, so good...even though it's only been three days, that's six pages that weren't written last week. I could get used to this deadline thing.

Hope you all are well!

bella said...

Just wanted to let you know I am thinking of you today.
I hope the writing is going well.

Anonymous said...

Shannon, I miss you! Come back to the five and dime, Shannon E, Shannon E.! :~)

Anonymous said...

Enjoyed visiting. Can relate. Hope your week is going well. Lovely writing.

village mama said...

Good luck Shannon!