ROW80LogocopyYesterday marked one year since I left my day job to write full time. I’ve learned a lot over the last year, and I’ve put a decent number of words on the page. There are things I miss—the collaboration, the social aspect of working in an office—but the benefits have been worth it. I’ve grown in leaps and bounds as a writer. I’ve finished four first drafts and one second draft. I’ve read numerous books on the craft of writing. I’ve found my voice as a storyteller.

I still have plenty of room to grow. But I know I’m on the right path, and I’m grateful—more than words can express—to my husband, the best first reader I could ask for, a steadfast supporter of my work, who didn’t even hesitate when I told him I wanted to do this. I’ve always felt called to be a storyteller. And now I’m on that path.

ROW80 check-in…


1.) Make measurable progress on one of my WIPs. Created a beat sheet for “Haunted Kisses.” Wrote 2,381 words in a new story, “Stolen by Magic.”

2.) Read three books on the craft/business of writing. Two of three books read. Finished reading Blake Snyder’s “Save the Cat.”

Social media goals:

1.) Check in on Twitter or Facebook daily. Goal met.

2.) Blog twice a week. Goal met.

3.) Comment on three to five blogs per day, Monday-Thursday. Goal met.

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