Thursday, January 01, 2009
Happy New Year!
Like Janus, the Roman god of beginnings and endings for whom this month was named, I'm looking both backward and forward this morning, asking myself what I most enjoyed doing last year and what I hope to accomplish in the coming one. Finishing my novel is at the top of my list.
To assist me in keeping focused, I've printed out and tacked to the wall next to my desk two quotes (see above), the first from Marc LeBlanc, a gifted speaker I had the pleasure of hearing last summer at the National Speakers' Convention in NYC, and the second by Michael Cunningham, author of The Hours.
Although I don't agree with all of what Marc in particular says—scores of writers dream of winning the Pulitzer, for instance, but only a handful will do so over the course of a lifetime—I certainly believe that if I write six days a week, as is my plan, I will achieve my goal.
I hope that you, too, have a happy, healthy and productive 2009.