Recently I attended a writing workshop. The speaker talked about writing short stories for a women’s magazine. I’ve never done anything like that probably because I tend to be long-winded and can’t tell a story in 800 words. However, I listened with interest. Was it something I could do? I decided I should give it a try. I must be honest. I haven’t done that yet.
At the end of the workshop, the speaker gave each of us a paper with this quote.
The speaker asked us to write down five goals that we wanted to accomplish in the next two months. She gave us envelopes, and we put the lists in them and addressed the envelopes to ourselves. Here is my list.
1. Finish A Place to Find Love.
2. Send out two newsletters.
3. Submit to BookBub
4. Request rights back for Montana Match.
5. Read a book on how to write short stories.
A couple of weeks ago, I received the letter. I had completely forgotten about that list. I wasn’t even sure why I was getting this letter until I opened it up and saw my list. Had I accomplished my goals? What do you think?
1. I didn’t finish A Place to Find Love in the allotted time, but it is finished and with my editor. It is ready for pre-order.
Here are the opening paragraphs of the book.
Home is where the heart is. The amateurish cross stitch, surrounded by a dark wooden frame, stared back at Whitney Hamilton as she stood in the kitchen of her childhood home. But this home was more like a prison than a place where her heart resided. Recent events had broken, crushed, and turned her heart inside out.
Her small hometown of Pineydale, Tennessee, held little welcome, even though she’d returned over a year ago to help care for her ailing father. Now he was gone, leaving a void in the life of her and her mother. Coming back home had been almost as traumatic as losing her father. The whole town knew her misdeeds. Despite her wish to restore her reputation, she doubted that could happen. She had more enemies than friends in this town.
2. I did send out two newsletters. You can sign up for my newsletter here if you aren’t already subscribed.
3. I submitted to Book Bub for one of their featured deals. Yay! It was accepted, and I had a promotion with them at the end of August.
4. I requested the rights back to my Love Inspired book, Montana Match. I haven’t heard back on that request.
5. I did read the short story book that I checked out from the chapter library on the day of the workshop, but it wasn’t very helpful. I’ll have to find another book on writing short stories.
I was happy to see that I had accomplished most of what I had set out to do.
Have you ever written a letter to yourself? What did you discover?
I’ll be giving away an e-book copy of the first book in my Kellersburg series, Hometown Promise, to one person who leaves a comment. I will draw the winning name on October 21, 2019 at 9PM MST.