It’s 2016? How can I make my year harder?

I hope all of you had lovely holidays and a good start to the new year. If we stay on schedule, the gyms should start emptying out again in a week or so.

My big news for this year is that I’ve finished a second novel to start sending to agents once it’s edited, and I’ve set the kinda scary goal of writing three *gulp* books this year. Considering I managed one book last year and one book over the two years prior to that, this is a big step for me, and a leap of progress in taking my writing seriously.

But here’s the thing: If your goals don’t scare you, they aren’t big enough. If you’re not uncomfortable with something you’re trying to do, you’re not growing outside your comfort zone.

So I’ma write three books this year, and freak out a little, and use this big, hairy goal to grow.

Now that I’ve blogged it, I actually have to follow through.


I’m cheating a little, because the first book is a short one. It’s the final book of the Endurance series. (Buy the first four here!) This means those of you following the series will be able to read the final installment sometime this year!


After that, I’m tackling a nonfiction Bible study book. My husband and I have been bouncing around ideas for it for quite a while now, and it seems like time to write them down. Nonfiction is, in my opinion, a lot easier to write than fiction, so this should be a nice change from dodging plot holes.

Then, the big one. A science fantasy novel with a complex world and multiple main characters. I’ve gone through half a dozen iterations of this idea, stopping at around 5,000 words each time. The current version is the one that’s going to stick, and I intend to write a complete draft by the end of 2016.

So those are my scary goals for the next twelve months. What are yours? If they don’t make you uncomfortable, consider making them a tiny bit bigger.

Love ya’ll, and happy new year!

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