Sunday, December 13, 2009

What Do You Want for Christmas?

Christy here.

The title of this post is the question my husband posed last night. My response?

I want to finish and submit this book.

Most people will ask for something of monetary value. I have everything I need. I have been blessed with health and so far, my child, husband, parents, have been blessed with the same.

I'm not interested in keeping up with the latest in technology. Anticipating the birth of my second child takes up much of my thoughts on what needs my household has, while I balance that with making sure my first child has everything she needs from me.

Personally, and writerly-wise, I have never struggled with anything as much as I have this manuscript. I've never wanted to reach a goal so badly. I've never had to work so hard to complete a task as I have with this book.

I woke up at 4am this morning with energy, something I've lacked in the last couple of months due to my child fighting cold or myself. Though I was up early and the house was quiet - my perfect writing environment - I was plagued worrying about issues I couldn't control. The result was I didn't write the scenes I needed to finish the book, but I did accomplish a piece of my research that was missing.

Seeing every silver lining in grey clouds is very important for keeping a writer's momentum going.

Once I finish this manuscript - and I will finish - the outcome is unknown. As writers, one thing we know for sure, submission does not mean acceptance. There's a fifty-fifty chance submission of our work will result in rejection.

All I want for Christmas, is to complete this manuscript. To know every subplot and thread is the best I can do and contributes to the whole of the story. I want to submit the best of me. This is my work product. Halfway won't cut it like it did in high school when I could work all night on a term paper and then turn it in to receive an "A". Those days are long gone. I'm a different person and have different goals.

What about you, dear reader? How have you reached a goal that seemed impossible to obtain?

Or: What do you want for Christmas this year?


  1. Christy,

    You nailed it for me - and probably others - today. Except I don't want to finish the manuscript, I want to get started and it seems that anything and everything comes up to keep me from starting. Or I allow it to keep me from starting! That is what I want for Christmas - to have long blocks of time where I am left alone and can start my manuscript and see visible progress!

    Thanks for a great post and have a wonderful Christmas!

  2. I'm hearing you, Christy! And, I'm with you there as well. You can do it.


  3. Yes, finishing would be wonderful. But what I really want is world peace. LOL! My oldest son asked me the other day, "What do you want for Christmas? Besides for us kids to get along." Gee, you'd think that was at the top of my list every year or something :-D

  4. You'll do it, Christy! I want peace - within my extended family.

  5. Edwina,
    I can take my own advice on this too, but my advice to you to get started is to write a little every day. If you're in the car, keep a note pad with you. Ideas sneak up in the funniest places. Jot down your notes as soon as you can. You'll be excited enough that you'll find time when you get home to put it in the computer!

    Let us know your progress!

  6. Thanks Dianna & Jennifer! I hope so!

    Mindy - LOL, World Peace. I want that too. Why do I picture Sandra Bullock and Miss Congeneality when I say World Peace?

    I guess the kids can't imagine good old mom may have some goals outside of the family. They will find out one day ;)

  7. Why do you imagine Miss Congeniality? Because great minds think alike, that's why:-)