Handwritten Outlines Of Famous Authors

As an aspiring novelist, I love getting a peek behind the curtain of famous authors — especially those in the genre I’m attempting to enter.

So you can imagine my delight when I stumbled across a handwritten outline created by J.K. Rowling when she was writing her fifth Harry Potter book. The outline,and the accompanying explanation of how it works really opened my eyes to a novel organization process that I think will work for me. Except I’m moving mine into a spreadsheet. Keeping up with physical sheets of paper simply won’t work in my life…

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Resolutions for 2014

Word of the Year

So here are the some of my goals for this year:

#1 Write a novel

I have wanted to write a book for as long as I can remember. I wrote my first story in the first grade. I wrote it out by hand, bound it with construction paper and decorated the cover. I still have it. I probably ought to take a picture…

Later, I got in trouble in English class for writing a book, instead of reading the class novel (which I’d already finished).

It’s high time I finished something. And perhaps even published it…

#2 Close up shop

I sold my web design and hosting business in 2009. But I continued to hold onto providing those services to other markets. It’s time to let go and focus elsewhere. I do have a couple of clients I will keep pro bono, but everyone else has to go.

#3 Rely on God

It’s easy for me to read all the educational and political blogs I follow and get angry. It seems corporate reformers are trying to dismantle our public education under the guise of choice and competition. This cognitive dissonance is hard to live with. So I need to just turn it all over to God and keep doing in my classroom what I know I’m supposed to do.

These are my top three resolutions for this year. We’ll see where I’m at in 12 months….