You’re Help Needed

I probably need this more than you do.  Every once in a while I need to remind myself of my goals, my dreams, my hopes.  I need to keep them before my eyes or I might lose my way.  I might get lost in the fog of possibility and never complete a project.  I might never grow beyond where I am today.  Being a writer means having other people living in your head.  They queue up to have their story written, but they don’t know how to stand in line.  They push, shove, cut, and get in fistfights.  One moment, I’m all pumped about finding the opening lines for a new story.  The next, I finally figure out how to re-write a scene that’s just had a temper-tantrum.  Then, this blog needs a new article and I’m off to find a 1000 interesting words.  Soon, my nieces and nephews do something adorable that must be captured on my computer.  But wait, my pesky fairytale pushes ahead of it all demanding my attention.  See how maddening it can be to be a writer!  (Yes, you literally feel crazy sometimes.)

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There are four writing goals at the forefront of my life:

1. Children’s Stories:  Capitalizing on my growing number of nieces and nephews, I’m working on a handful of children’s stories featuring their many adventures.  My goal is to have a handful of whimsical stories and a handful of moralistic stories to present to a Christian publisher.  Right now, I have two moralistic ones dealing with the differences between boys and girls, and two whimsical ones.  I envision watercolor illustrations, but I’m flexible on that point.  I hope to publish with a traditional publisher and market them towards homeschoolers.

2. FairyTale:  When I think back to the stories I read as a teen, I find many of today’s YA stories lack true adventure.  Oh sure, they have vampires and witches, but they don’t have innocents or strength.  Most of them are based entirely around romance, too easy to read, and self-focused.  They too quickly cave to raging hormones to gain readers and don’t remember that someday these people need to be able to deal with real life.  My goal is to write a Fairy Tale series featuring both grownups and teens captured in the flow of history.  They will face darkness, but light will win in the end.  Friendship will be the focus and theme.  This series will take me many years to finish, but I hope to have book one’s rough draft done around this time next year.  I don’t have any specific publishing plans yet, as the book is still in the rough draft stage.  I am sharing it with my writing group and have gotten rave reviews.

3. Blog:  I plan to continue to feature two to three articles on my blog each week.  The articles will cover sanctification type posts, movie and book reviews, writing articles, guest posts, and interviews.  My goal is to expand my readership base (followers) so that when I’m ready to publish I can prove I have an engaged and active platform.

4. Finish my two series:  When I made the switch from Urban Fantasy to Children’s Stories and YA, I left two intense series unfinished.  They may never see the light of day, but for my own sanity, they need to be finished.  If I don’t finish them, questions will haunt the back of my mind forever.  This is my hobby/vacation project.  I don’t plan on working on these stories on any sort of regular schedule.

These are my writing goals.  I don’t plan to spend more time on them than I currently do.  Writing is not my career.  My church, husband, home, and family are my careers.  But, part of the service I can offer is writing these stories.  I want to serve my church and my family through my writing.

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How can you help?  Well, that’s easy!  First, read my blog.  Read and comment.  Let me know you were here.  I check my stats page to see how many people viewed my blog each day, how many looked at different articles when they came, what articles and subjects are the most popular.  When you read the blog, comment, and share, I know!  Please, share my blog with your friends and family if you’ve enjoyed it.  If you like the children’s stories, read them to the little people in your life and let me know what they thought.  If the writing articles helped you, tell me and share it with other writers.  If you were encouraged by the more spiritual articles, maybe someone else will be too.  Read, comment, share.  Last, follow me on Facebook.  Facebook is an easy way for me to let you know how my writing is going on a daily basis.  It gives you insight into the mind of a writer and who doesn’t want that??  It’s also a convenient way for you to share me with all your friends and family when you’ve enjoyed something I’ve written.

A writer is only worth their salt if they have readers.  I am so encouraged by the number of you who regularly read my ramblings, like my posts, and even stop me at church to tell me you’ve enjoyed my stories.  I can’t tell you how much it means to me.  To all you Moms who’ve told me about reading my stories to your kids, two words: DAY MADE!!!  All writers feed on their readers.  You’re what drives us to keep going.  You’re what keeps us going when we feel like that was the biggest, garbbled pile of green ooze ever written.  Thanks for reading my musings.  Thanks for supporting me in my change of direction.  I love all of you!

 

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9 thoughts on “You’re Help Needed

  1. Abby, I don’t always comment. I’ll try to do better. It will be the blog that captures my attention most often. If you don’t mind, I’d like to help you with spellings. Spell Check doesn’t always work. Be sure to change QUITE to QUIET on every part of the blog. Right now, one section still has QUITE. I don’t want to be only critical because I see so much strength in what you write. But sometimes a pattern of poor spelling can turn off readers who might follow you religiously. claudia

    • Claudia, Never fear. Spelling is my biggest issue, generally. I’m horrible at it. I did fix one of the Quite that needed to be changed to Quiet yesterday, but it won’t update some of the older things. Can you tell me the one section you still see it?
      Also, you’re one of my top commenters. It’s so funny to me that the people already sharing and supporting my work aggressively are also the ones who never feel like they’re doing enough. :-)))) All your support for me is amazing! I appreciate you taking time to read and comment, and critique. Love ya! Abby

  2. Hi! I know I usually comment on Facebook, but thought I’d comment on your actual blog today. Love all that you do! You’re such an inspiration and encouragement to me!

    • …Probably should have put my last name too, in case you were wondering just exactly who this is. :-p That just occurred to me. Love, Stephanie Florentino. There.

      • Ha. 🙂 thank you so much for your comments here and there. It’s always encouraging to be of help to others. I’ve enjoyed getting to know you as. Writer and look forward to many many years of sharing our joy of stories!

  3. Abby,

    You are so blessed. You have a great platform, wonderful ideas, and your priorities in the proper order. What amazes me the most is your talent. You can do anything and reach people that no one else can because your writing skill is so brilliant. And you do it with fantastic flare and personality.

    Now tell all those characters in your head to sit down, shut up and hang on because you will get to them when you get around to it.

    • As always you are very encouraging, Rob. Every writer knows that a bit of encouragement can make all the difference in the world. I hope that I can use this gift to help others and inspire some dreaming. I’m big on day dreaming. 🙂
      As far as my characters behaving….lol….they never listen to me. One of them suggested a new story today. Like I have time for that!
      Thanks again for your kind and generous words!

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