No Excuses

“If you really want to do something, you’ll find a way. If you don’t, you’ll find an excuse.” Jim Rohm

Happy 2016! This is the year I stop blogging under my pseudonym, Book Lover, and use my real name, Barbara Pattee.

My commitments for 2016 include writing for a minimum of five hours per week. Some weeks will be easy. Others will involve working around family obligations and vacations, but I’m determined. Recording my daily progress will help.

Another commitment is to read three books on the Civil War to facilitate the research for my historical novel. One of the books I started reading is a Newbery Honor Book, To Be a Slave by Julius Lester. In this book, the numerous personal testimonies on the experiences of slaves are heart wrenching and enlightening. These stories convinced me to change my novel’s timeline to just before the Civil War.

For my final recorded commitment, I will present three more chapters of my historical fiction to the Deadwood Writers for comments. By researching pre-Civil War and beyond and writing five hours per week, I should be able to present the first of the three additional chapters within three months.

Have you made your writing commitments for 2016? Have you also made plans to stick to your commitments?



    • Sue Remisiewicz on January 24, 2016 at 4:12 pm
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    Looking forward to reading your submissions both to the blog and the group!

  1. Hi, Barbara. No turning back! We’re in this together. My commitments for 2016 include finishing my leftovers from 2015.

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