>Almost a year of blogging

>I was just noticing that I have been blogging for almost a year now. Talk about time flying by!

And the blog has helped me do what I wanted to do which was to be able to track my progress, set goals, and have a written history.

I can highly recommend a blog for just about anyone who is trying to get to something done that can’t be done in a day! There is nothing quite like writing down a list of goals and then keeping a regular appointment with yourself for updating your progress.

Not that whatever was done yesterday really matters in terms of what can be done today…if yesterday you got nothing done, oh well! Today is all we can control. But it is still nice to be able to see where you were and where you are in relationship to that.

Also, it helps to see a history of things you have tried and failed at and succeeded at. It gives you a sense that you all are, in fact, moving forward, even when all evidence to the contrary suggests you are still standing in the same place you were a year ago.

I have gotten more done over the past 11 months than I had in the entire last 10 years added together.

Also, I have gotten a better grip on what I really want to write in my novels. I’ve found that although I do like to read the occasional romance novel, I’m not much of a romance novelist. While the stories I am writing have elements of romance in them, I have found over the last year that I enjoy the suspense aspects and the action aspects much more than the actual romance aspects of the story, not only in my own writing, but also in my reading. So the biggest thing I learned over the past year and by using this blog is that I’m more of a plain old writer than a romance writer, per se. For someone who thought of herself as a romance writer for the past 20 years, that was quite an epiphany. It also goes a long way to explaining why I never could seem to stick to the, for lack of a better word, “romance formula.” While I have the utmost respect for writers doing romance novels, I don’t think I can be one of them. Viva la difference, I guess.

It all comes down to being true to oneself…and that’s easier to do once you know who you are, I guess. ha!

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