Friday, January 18, 2019

Writing Goals For 2019

For 50 years I’ve had a dream that I would have a book published. This year, that dream is coming true twice.

In April Mantle Rock Publishing is releasing my first book, ALL MY TEARS, a collection of novellas in women’s fiction.

In October they will release my children’s Christmas book, MILLIE’S CHRISTMAS.

I thank the folks at Mantle Rock Publishing for giving me this chance. And I thank God for fulfilling this dream.

Now it’s time to get to work.

Part of the work I do is editing. I love to edit books for other writers. It is an honor to be a part of the work of authors I respect and admire.

Another important piece of my job as a writer is to promote my own books. I am striving to learn more about this important work.

But the goal I need to work on most of all is writing every day.

I have fought this ever since I was a teenager and started to learn about the craft of writing.

I love writing when I am in the midst of it, but I have always had a hard time motivating myself to sit down and start writing.

For more than thirty years, I put off writing much while going to college, working, and raising a family. I got back to my writing career six years ago when I had to stop working due to health.

Now, the push to write every day again.

I finished a novella a couple months ago, and I’ve started another. Just barely.

I had several exciting ideas for stories I wanted to write. I started on a couple. Then what happened?

I’m busy. With editing, family, work around the house, promoting my books, the holidays . . .

How many excuses can I come up with?

We’re solidly into 2019, and I don’t make New Year’s resolutions, but I do set goals. I have a to-do list, and I’m writing “just write” on every day.

I want to work on my new story, and I write “work on my story” on many to-do day entries. But I will count other things as meeting my goal. My blog; proofing my last story; future magazine articles; letters; journals; possible future fiction stories.

Just write, Kathy. Just sit down and write.

I will appear as a guest tomorrow on author Gail Sattler’s blog, “What really goes on in the mind of a writer.” Please check it out at and click on the blog link.


  1. So happy for you, Kathy. This will be an exciting and busy year for you. Just write! It'll all get done because you are a strong and determined woman with God on your side. You are unstoppable.

  2. Kathy, I am looking forward to reading your books. Please continue to "just write". Blessings!

  3. Hi Kathy,
    I am absolutely thrilled for you about your publishing efforts! How exciting to have two books coming out!! Let me know so I can purchase my copies.
    And I can vouch for the quality of your editing having received the fruits of your labor twice.
    God bless and so exciting!

  4. They sound like great excuses to me. Can I borrow them. LOL