How I’ve spent my January aka dressed in sweats and a Comfy while typing #writinglife #amwriting #romanceauthor

I’m choosing a pretty book cover picture instead of the reality.

Happy 2022! I’ve said that before but this month has given me the oddest sense of deja vu. My kids were back in school for two and a half weeks but when they went back following MLK day, I asked questions like it was the return from winter break.

I sort of feel like every day is the same. But that’s how winter always impacts me. It’s why–typically–I don’t set my books in January thru early March. I lose track of the time.

In truth, 2022 is off to a good start. I’ve been editing the next book in my Home to Harmony series. Following the events of Her Hometown Dream, the book is called Her Unlikely Homecoming so if you’ve read the first book you can guess the hero and heroine of the second.

I’m writing a first draft for a potential third in series, too (different series!). I have several book ideas lined up for first drafts at the start of the year, giving plenty of time to edit and revise before sending any to my agent. I’ve been struggling with this draft, and I’m reminded again to turn off my inner editor. Writing isn’t always easy. The important part is getting it done. Terrible first drafts can be fixed, and sometimes a book has to be fully written before the problems become obvious.

I hope your year is off to a solid start as well. Remember to be kind to yourself. This is the point where a lot of people are beating themselves up about resolutions that have failed. That’s not helpful. Any progress is positive. Sometimes you can leap forward but other times you need to tiptoe.

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