2006: The Year of No Excuses

January 26, 2006 by in category Blogs tagged as with 3 and 0
Home > Writing > Blogs > 2006: The Year of No Excuses

By Louise Knott Ahern

This time last year, I was heading back from the holidays fully resolved to meet all of my writing goals: Finish my book, send it out, get published, and earn a fabulous advance.
It didn’t happen. A year later, I’m still working on that work-in-progress. I haven’t sent out a query in more than two years. And that fabulous advance check is just as far from my reach now as then.

I could list all kinds of reasons for my lack of achievement in 2005. I could say, legitimately, that my full-time job as a magazine editor and PR pro left me scant creative energy at the end of the day. I could say that my two-hour commute drained me physically and ate up precious writing time. Let’s not forget that I was pregnant, and my first trimester was a blur of puking and sleeping. Oh, and there was that cross-country move in the middle of the year that was just too stressful for me to be able to focus on writing.

Yes, my dear fellow writers, on any given day in 2005, I could have listed any number of obstacles blocking me from my writing dreams.

But let’s face it. Those aren’t REASONS for my lack of success. They’re EXCUSES. Nothing more than whiny, pathetic attempts to justify my own lack of discipline. The fact is, nearly all of my published friends landed their first book deals while juggling full-time jobs and, in most cases, parenthood. They managed to finish their books, find agents, and get published with just as many other responsibilities as me. Did they whine about lack of time? No. They did whatever they could to FIND the time.

So, as we enter 2006, I have just one resolution. NO MORE EXCUSES.

I am just as busy now as I was a year ago. (Busier, actually. I have learned that being a full-time mother is far more draining than being a magazine editor with a two-hour commute.) But no matter how busy I am, the fact remains that I will never see my dreams come true if I don’t crack the whip against my own back. There will be no book deal if I don’t finish the darn thing first. And I will never finish it if I continue to make excuses.

Happy New Year! Happy Writing!

OCC member Louise Knott Ahern is a freelance journalist
and public relations coach who writes contemporary romances.
She’s the author of “Opting Out:
A Career Woman’s Guide to Going Home Without Going Crazy,”
a blog for mothers at www.optoutguide.blogspot.com.
She is also a contributor to The Writer’s Vibe (www.thewritersvibe.typepad.com),
a blog for professional writers.

  • Recent Posts
Author Details
A Slice of Orange started in 2004 as a group of authors from Orange County, California. We have expanded to include authors from around the globe–from the UK, all across the US to New Zealand. Our authors include the multi-published and writers at the beginning of their publishing career. In addition to authors, we feature blog posts from editors, PR professionals, and cover designers. The bright segments of the writing and reading community that make up one perfect entity—A Slice of Orange.
Tag: On Sale

Books on sale or free

THE GHOST OF DEPFORD HALL

Buy now!
THE GHOST OF DEPFORD HALL

THE COUNTERFEIT LADY

Buy now!
THE COUNTERFEIT LADY

A DRAKENFALL CHRISTMAS

Buy now!
A DRAKENFALL CHRISTMAS

CITY OF BLAZE

Buy now!
CITY OF BLAZE

THE CHRISTMAS PIANO TREE

Buy now!
THE CHRISTMAS PIANO TREE

A SOLDIER’S ITALIAN CHRISTMAS

Buy now!
A SOLDIER’S ITALIAN CHRISTMAS

COWBOY KARMA

Buy now!
COWBOY KARMA

ILONA’S WOLF

Buy now!
ILONA’S WOLF

LET IT SNOW

Buy now!
LET IT SNOW

GIRL IN THE MIST

Buy now!
GIRL IN THE MIST

HAGAR’S LAST DANCE

Buy now!
HAGAR’S LAST DANCE

HOSTILE WITNESS

Buy now!
HOSTILE WITNESS
THE DAY BAILEY DEVLIN’S HOROSCOPE CAME TRUE

#PLEASE SAY YES

Buy now!
#PLEASE SAY YES

LOVE ME TENDER

Buy now!
LOVE ME TENDER

GIRLFRIENDS & SECRETS

Buy now!
GIRLFRIENDS & SECRETS

THE FIX UP

Buy now!
THE FIX UP

SUPERHERO IN DISGUISE

Buy now!
SUPERHERO IN DISGUISE
Tag: 2018

A LEAP INTO LOVE

Buy now!
A LEAP INTO LOVE

THE COUNTERFEIT LADY

Buy now!
THE COUNTERFEIT LADY

ASCENT OF ICE

Buy now!
ASCENT OF ICE

SLICK DEAL

Buy now!
SLICK DEAL

GLIMPSE

Buy now!
GLIMPSE

BEYOND DANGER

Buy now!
BEYOND DANGER

SECOND CHANCE SOLDIER

Buy now!
SECOND CHANCE SOLDIER

GRAVESIDE REUNION

Buy now!
GRAVESIDE REUNION

COURTED BY A COWBOY

Buy now!
COURTED BY A COWBOY

SURPRISED BY A BABY

Buy now!
SURPRISED BY A BABY

RESCUED BY A RANCHER

Buy now!
RESCUED BY A RANCHER

TEMPTED BY A TEXAN

Buy now!
TEMPTED BY A TEXAN

SECRET RELATIONS

Buy now!
SECRET RELATIONS

THIS MAGIC MOMENT

Buy now!
THIS MAGIC MOMENT

#PLEASE SAY YES

Buy now!
#PLEASE SAY YES

LOVE ME TENDER

Buy now!
LOVE ME TENDER

DESPERATE DESIRE

Buy now!
DESPERATE DESIRE
LOVE NOTES

PICK AND CHEWS

Buy now!
PICK AND CHEWS
THE SHORT & SWEET OF IT: When the Right Word Is a Short Word
×
A Slice of Orange started in 2004 as a group of authors from Orange County, California. We have expanded to include authors from around the globe–from the UK, all across the US to New Zealand. Our authors include the multi-published and writers at the beginning of their publishing career. In addition to authors, we feature blog posts from editors, PR professionals, and cover designers. The bright segments of the writing and reading community that make up one perfect entity—A Slice of Orange.

3 Comments

  • Anonymous
    on January 27, 2006

    You are as kick-butt as your heroines, Louise. Keep up the great work!

    Michele

  • Anonymous
    on January 26, 2006

    Thanks, Gina!!!

  • Anonymous
    on January 26, 2006

    Go Louise!!

Comments are closed.

Copyright ©2017 A Slice of Orange. All Rights Reserved. ~PROUDLY POWERED BY WORDPRESS ~ CREATED BY ISHYOBOY.COM

%d bloggers like this: