Happy New Year to any one following this blog. Like the greeting shows I hope all my writer friends fill their books with new projects and get their novels, short stories and poems published in 2011 and everyone enjoys peace, health and happiness always. As I have stated before I am not making any resolutions at all but just taking stock as we all do and hoping to be a bit more disciplined this year. FB and Twitter have been fantastic for friendships and lit information but has also been a very addictive distraction. So in January I hope to open my new book of the year and fill its pages with something worthwhile. A small plea to friends if you are following this blog please acknowledge when you can either in comments or click following. So many of you tell me ‘I read that in your blog’ but I never knew that you are a follower. The other plea is this. As a new writer I would be grateful for your reviews of my book on Amazon. I had so many emails to me personally on how much you liked ‘Twice Born’ but a few lines on Amazon, if you use it, would make a tremendous difference to a new writer.
A new beginning in 2011 is full of promise to look forward. I hope reading about Isabel Allende’s literary routine kick starts in me, a new disciplined way of approaching my writing life. She starts a new novel every year! From Wikipedia:
“Allende also holds to a very methodical literary routine. She writes using a computer, working Monday through Saturday, 9:00 A.M. to 7:00 P.M. “I always start on January 8,” Allende stated; “a tradition she began in 1981 with a letter she wrote to her dying grandfather that would become the groundwork for her first novel, The House of the Spirits.” Allende is also quoted as saying:
In January 8, 1981, I was living in Venezuela and I received a phone call that my beloved grandfather was dying. I began a letter for him that later became my first novel, The House of the Spirits. It was such a lucky book from the very beginning, that I kept that lucky date to start.
Happy reading and writing to all my blog followers and the all the best for 2011.