Thanks so much to Leah for having me here today. It’s great to be with you all to start 2010.
Since it’s the beginning of a New Year—and new decade—I have to ask: Are you a resolution person? Me? Not so much. I guess I figure if you’re going to do something, you do it. You don’t wait for January 1 to roll around so you can “start anew”. I know I’m in the minority on this one. Just check out how many people are suddenly at my neighborhood gym this week! But really, what’s the difference between today and last Monday?
Recently my stint as president for my local writers’ chapter came to a close. I’ve been around long enough now to see topic ideas recycled, and the biggest one most writers want more of is motivation. But motivation can’t come from outside. It has to be internal. No amount of workshops, challenges, critique groups or even deadlines can motivate someone to write.
It’s a lot like exercise. Take my sister-in-law, for example. For years she had no desire to work out. None, zip, zero. I tried to talk her into running ages ago. I suggested the gym. I mentioned easy races. I told her about the new (back then) elliptical machines that were easy to use. But she never bit on exercise. And then—out of the blue—something changed inside her. Sometime, in the past year, she decided she wanted to be a runner. She’s been training now for months, and last Saturday ran 20 miles. Her first full marathon is scheduled for the first weekend in February, and I have no doubt she’ll cross the finish line with flying colors.
Did I motivate her? Nope. Did her husband motivate her? No way. She did it herself.
We all know goals aren’t easy. And resolutions—though meant well—are often forgotten. There are numerous reasons: Sometimes you’re not ready to reach your goals – like my sister-in-law wasn’t ready years ago. Sometimes you don’t want it bad enough – like many writers I know who dream of being published but can’t seem to finish a book. And sometimes you’re just too busy to focus on one thing at a time (don’t we all feel that way?). But motivation can’t come from the outside, no matter what your dreams may be. And the only way resolutions are going to work is if you want something bad enough that you’re willing to change your life for good. Not simply because the calendar says January 1st.
So no resolutions for me. That doesn’t mean I’m perfect and don’t have things I need to work on (oh man, I have LOTS of things that need improvement). It just means I don’t need an excuse to start making changes today, tomorrow, or next month if need be. I can make them whenever I want.
Speaking of changes…the third book in my Stolen Trilogy, STOLEN SEDUCTION, released just last week. No one fights change more than my hero, Shane Maxwell. Check out his story and more info about me and my books at www.elisabethnaughton.com
And in case you missed it, I’m running a big contest on my website. Click the link below for rules and how to enter:
And, in honor of the release of STOLEN SEDUCTION, I’ve got a copy of STOLEN FURY, book one in the Stolen Trilogy to give away to one lucky commenter. Just tell me…are you a resolution person? Why or why not?
Happy New Year!