2011: A New Year of Opportunity

Here we are, facing a bright new year with 361 days remaining to form into whatever we want. Three hundred sixty-one days of new opportunities to do something that makes us happy. 

For me, this translates to writing. If I write, I’m happy; if I don’t, I’m not so happy. My writing schedule was a little off during the Christmas season because my aunt passed away on Christmas afternoon. The family grieved as we all came together for the funeral and burial. But we also, laughed, hugged, shared favorite stories, relived family memories, and pondered about how long it had been since we had seen each other. Finally, we said goodbye to my aunt and to each other as we parted ways and traveled to our respective homes in several different states. For a funeral week, it was fun. 

Did I write last week? No, but I have some great ideas for characters in my next book! Family and friends are the best fodder for story and character ideas. A snippet of conversation here, a body movement there, a cut of the eyes, a hand motion. All are useful in a character. Even though I wasn’t at my keyboard clicking away, I wrote in my mind thinking up new characters, new situations, new locations for my next novel. 

Writing this blog today gives me inspiration to get back to my “happy place,” my center of being and write every day. I’ve set my new writing goals for 2011, and I hope you’ve set new goals, or at least updated some old ones, for whatever you want to accomplish this year. I’m a firm believer in being ready to act on every opportunity that presents itself. So be ready to pounce if an opportunity arises that will propel you toward your goal. Without clearly written goals, you may not recognize an opportunity, so write those goals. Unwritten goals are only pipe dreams. Written goals become reality. 

Take the challenge: put your goals on paper—Write Now! 

In memory of my aunt . . .
Frances Johnson Lazzaro
May 29, 1921 – Dec. 25, 2010
WWII Veteran — United States Army

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About Susan Harvey

I'm a humor writer and a newly retired college English instructor. I enjoy reading and writing yet don't take time to do what I really love--writing. I began writing a mystery-romance novel three years ago. Now that I'm retired, I will make time to write with the goal of finishing my novel.
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