This time of year you see allot of written articles on this topic as well as lots of discussion around the office. To me the topic is over used, boring and a waste of time. Very few of those that declare a New Years resolution actually follow through. I no longer go down that road. I stay clear from a guaranteed failure. A renewed sense of purpose for some, a setup for failure and disappointment for others. Where do you fall? I mean seriously, if you were going to lose weight, why would you wait for the date of January 1 to begin? Is it because you wanted the opportunity to indulge during the holidays knowing you would begin not only working off what you put on over the holidays but also what you had accumulated before the holidays? People need dates as reminders or reference points to begin something ambitious that goes beyond their normal routine. Its all a mental game we play with ourselves, planted by society that offers up this New Years Resolution opportunity for everyone to make corrections in their lives or start something new. If my jeans begin tightening up in June I don’t wait till January 1 to begin to shed some pounds. I take care of it right then and there. If my relationship isn’t where it needs to be I will not wait for my New Years Resolution list so I can address it then, giving me a free ride till then. I address it right then and there. If I’m smart enough to recognize it then, you address it and take care of it. Seems pretty simple to me but you’d be amazed how many people in society use the start of a New Year to make amends, make things right in their life or kick in a new ambitious project. Where do you fall?
I did not disappear in December just seemed that way! After what seemed like countless parties to celebrate the holiday season, my beautiful fiance and I became man and wife in a intimate wedding ceremony in Central Park, New York City! Coming all the way from Western Canada to the big city for our big day was a BIG deal for us! It all began with bad weather forcing us to miss three flight connections in Toronto to LaGuardia making us think that maybe someone didn’t want to see us married!However we finally made it, picked up our license at city hall and were married. It was such a cool and beautiful way to get married we are both so happy we chose New York City to get married. We love that city and the people. They make you feel so welcome everywhere you go. The reputation of New Yorkers being rude is a myth. People everywhere from subway commuters to people on the street were not only helpful but very pleasant. We will never forget that. We made it back to Calgary in time to celebrate Christmas with our combined families now and it was the culmination of such a wonderful month. To spend Christmas with your children (grown children actually) was fantastic and its still a thrill to hand them a gift to unwrap.
Now as the holiday season winds down it’s back to the reality of what we do. For me, after a six month absence from the gym I am returning starting this Monday. I spent six years sweating in the gym only to finally burn out but I miss how working out made me feel and I spend way to much time in front of a computer screen. I also am in a push to complete the third installment of my Superstars Trilogy. I am looking forward to putting that behind me and move on to other projects I have waiting in the wings. You know its that time of the year where we re-examine what we have done or not done over the last year and re-evaluate what we need to do for this upcoming year. I have just done mine. What is your plans for 2014?
I wanted to be a writer for as long as I can remember but until I got to the point where I was ready to put pen to paper, it was just talk. I had no idea how to start writing my book idea. Do I just start and wing it all the way through? Do I keep a journal with the ideas that came to me and followed the ideas? Do I create an outline? I researched and came across many different ideas on how to get started. I chose to create an outline. My story would be a trilogy and I knew it would be big so I decided to split the story into three parts. I determined that each book would be 45 – 50 chapters each and the word count I set myself for a goal was a minimum of 3,000 words per chapter. A very ambitious goal but I knew the story would support it. Yours could be 40 chapters at 1,000 words each. Does not matter. The outline took me approximately four hours to complete. That’s it! Four hours and I had the outline to book one. The outline would be my guide. My road map to follow. My outline consisted of one paragraph or a few sentences on what the chapter would be about. Pretty simple. I set out to write 47 mini stories tied together by the plot and the characters. Some chapters I blew past the 3,000 word count and others I struggled to get to 3,000. I also set a standard for myself. No word filler. I would not add unnecessary words to fill out a chapter. I just let the story soar and the words just naturally came. Certainly there were some changes to the original outline as I worked my way through it but surprisingly very little changes to the original. That is how I write a novel. Create an outline. The outline becomes my blueprint.
Build an outline and you will write a novel.