2017 is almost over, and while I’ve had some major accomplishments—including publishing The Writer’s Habitbook and starting this blog, the launch of my eighth novel, completing and submitting a manuscript to my agent, and being interviewed for the Winter issue of the Montana Quarterly magazine—I also look back with some writing regrets. In many ways I felt as if my attentions were scattered. I felt as if I spent too much time procrastinating, allowing myself to be consumed by distractions, and I’m still chasing the ritual of setting and committing to a time-block in which I do nothing else but write.
But every day is an opportunity to do things better and/or differently. And with a new year ahead of us, the possibilities are endless.
Like so many people, I’d set some goals for 2017, and some fizzled out before March. Last week I sat in on
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