“The Missing Ingredient”
When I started writing, or attempting to write, my first book in 2008, I didn’t have any goals, just a strong desire, and that desire took the form of a lilting voice who divulged succulent secrets to me. The voice had no manners, though, interrupting dreams, conversations, and the daily routine. She pestered me until her story reached the final page, and then she was gone, silenced, much like a ghost who abandons her host.
Since the release of my novel in 2009 and my meager attempts to finish my current manuscript in 2010 and 2011, I’ve tried to create writing goals—thinking in terms of minutes or pages a day. Unfortunately, I have yet to create a list, much less follow one.
To me, the writing process, much like the ingredients in a recipe, needs something to keep it from turning out as bland as tuna noodle casserole*. Even though I’ve tried spices, potato-chip toppings, and drowned the dish with a layer of cheese, I’m still not loving the hot dish. I need a special ingredient…something.
When it comes to writing, that special ingredient is desire: that natural, nothing artificial desire. The only problem is, you can’t find it in the store—not even in the natural food aisle.
My goal for 2012, plain and simple, is to find the desire to write again because without it writing falls to the bottom of my list of priorities—especially when the bullies of responsibility flex their muscles.
Writing Goals for 2012
1. Find the desire to write again…
2. Then write…and write…and write…
3. …and then write some more…
*Feel free to offer your favorite tuna noodle recipe in the comment section. After all, sometimes all you have is a can of tuna in the pantry. Not today, though; we spent four hours grocery shopping this afternoon. So…we won’t be eating Tuna Hot Dish any time soon.
Writing Challenge: write about your goals for 2012.