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January Wrap Up

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It’s February. Yep, already we are 32 days into 2015 with 333 days left. Did you set some goals for yourself? Where you able to accomplish them?

Let’s take a refresher on what goals are. Number one, they cannot be random. Number two, they are the means toward a desired end. As I like to say, there has to be “a method to the madness.” Our desired end should be the fulfillment of  purpose…the reason we were created.

“Life without specific, measurable objectives is vague and haphazard”~ Dr. Myles Munroe.

My writing ministry is my purpose, so my goals are set around writing.

In January, I set a goal of 1500 words a day to complete the first draft of my WIP. My WIP is the second book in the Sons Of Ishmael series, titled Anchored By Love. (For full disclosure it was already at 20,000 before the year started.) Did I do it? Well I’m glad to say I did. They way I have my writing goals set out, if I didn’t I would be so behind.

1500 might seem like a small number but the key to achieving your goals are setting up S M A R T ones. They have to be Specific-Complete my first draft.

Measurable- Write 1500 words a day. At then end of each writing session, I did a word count to make sure I meet the goal.

Attainable & Realistic- I normally do 3000 words and upwards, but January is a really busy month for me at my day job. Therefore anything more wouldn’t have been attainable or realistic.

Timely- I had the date of before Jan 29th.

Why the 29th? LOL..Those that follow me know I’m a huge fan of the TV show Scandal, so my time frame was before the 29th when the show came back on after a 10 week hiatus.

Your dreams should be big but the goals you set aside to attain them shouldn’t be too outlandish or nothing would get done.

The point is that, time waits for no one. So if there is anything you want to do, there is no time like the present. Get a game plan together and work your plan. For whatever you want to achieve, the talent & gift has already been placed on the inside of you. All you need to do is to tap into it.

For this month, my writing goal is to finish revising my WIP and finish the first draft of the sequel to my Christmas novella by the February 28th. Also I plan to study the Book of Romans again.

Did you achieve your January goals? What are your goals for February? What are the plans/actions steps you plan to use to achieve them? Please drop me a comment let’s share

Blessings

Unoma

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3 Ways To Get Past The Elusive Muse

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On a typical work night, I have my ear plugs in. I listen to music or some something that feeds my soul. Anyway last night I landed on Elizabeth Gilbert’s TED Talk from 2009. She was recently on Oprah ( I missed that) and she is the author of the widely successful novel; Eat Pray Love. Really interesting and insightful so I wanna share some tidbits with you.

When she started her career 20 something years ago, people felt sorry for her. As they thought she might fall into a deep state of depression from all the rejection she would get. Now with the success of her book, the same people were worried that she will fall into the same despair because she won’t be able to top the success of Eat Pray Love with any book that came after it. My two cents: People will rain on your parade if you allow them. Just keep pressing.

As a writer, there is this anxiety that comes over you about your work. Will people like it? Will it be the worst book ever? You cannot worry about this. Your job is to write the story within you. My two cents: In my case, the message is given by the Holy Spirit. As I write, I constantly pray and ask whether I am on the right track but I do this not so the book would be a “bestseller” (although that would be nice) but so I don’t wonder off into my own la- la land.

Sometimes we allow the pressure of creating to weigh us down and miss the joy of creating. Something you enjoy doing, now becomes a chore. There are two cures for this…realizing that you are not the Source of your gift and showing up for your part of the deal. My two cents: When I get what’s called writer’s block, it’s normally because I try to write the story without tapping into the Giver of my gift.When I’m connected, then sit to write…the words flow.

Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.~ James 1:17

Blessings

Unoma.

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Same Is Lame

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Hey y’all. We’re in October can you believe it? October… how has the year treated you so far? For me there have been ups and downs but God is good and still on the throne.

My upcoming release A Scoop Of Love is still on track for December. I’m in the throes of rewriting now, my best part of writing but a little tedious this time. It’s a series so wanna make sure everything is straight.

Anyways, that’s my writing update.Now to the business of the post… I don’t watch any reality shows, singing competitions or much TV. But I absolutely LOVE The Voice, not the actual competition but the blind auditions. In case you don’t know, the judges have to choose  the singers that would be on their team based their voice only. Hence “blind auditions”

Pharell is one of those judges this season and he made a statement yesterday that stuck with me

The SAME is LAME~ Pharell on The Voice.

So, this is my spill. In telling it to you, I also encourage myself. As I never write from a place of “I got it all together.”

Press toward your mark. The only person you should be in competition with today is the YOU, you were yesterday. When you stop to look at what others are doing, you slow yourself down.
It’s OK to learn from the best…every Ruth has a Naomi… but stop trying to be LIKE them. You insult God when you try to take your unique talent and mold it into someone else’s instead of growing yours to be the BEST it can be.

Remember, the grass is always greener where you water it.

Do you sometimes struggle with staying your course? Thinking the course of others is better?

Blessings

Unoma

Autumn~ The Year’s Last Loveliest smile : An Update.

usb It’s Fall!! My favorite time of the year.In the beginning of the year I set some writing goals for myself. Specific, Measurable, Attainable,Realistic & Time specific. It’s important for us to set those kind of goals so that we don’t end up setting expectations that are too high or run the risk of just wandering through our plan without a focus.

If you want to see what they were you can check the post out 2014 Writing Goals. So let’s take a look,

Reading: You know the popular Stephen King quote…if you don’t have time to read, you don’t have the tools you need to write. Reading is like fuel for any writer. I’m doing well on my Goodreads reading challenge. I’m at  61% of my goal.  I got to try some new authors and genres I won’t normally read. You can check me out on Goodreads. Did you sign up for the challenge? How are you doing?

Writing: One of my favorite Bible verses is Proverbs 16:3 Commit to the LORD whatever you do, and he will establish your plans… so in as much as I had my plans and worked hard to achieve them I left room to adjust to His grand design. After all everything I do is  for His glory.Well I think I delivered on what I promised….almost.

1. I released When You Let Go in May (formerly titled Amarachi). It’s doing really well. I’m thankful to my reader & supporters.

2. I’ll release the first book in the Sons Of Ishmael series, A Scoop Of Love on Dec 3rd.

3. In lieu of the holiday story I wrote some short stories, you can read them in the My Shorts category.

If I had a USB connected to my head I would have been able to churn out a lot more…LOL. It’s hard walking around with all these ideas, every character is vying for attention, but in due time..everything in order. Currently I’m working of book two of the Ishmael series titled Anchored By Love.

However I didn’t do any events.  I spent that time on a family vacation and the premiere of my company’s first feature film. As well as being a wife, mummy and having a full time job.

I say all this not to brag in anyway but to give God the glory and encourage you that you can do anything, absolutely  anything you set your mind to. Just stay connected to your creator and plan accordingly but most important of all be flexible to His will. Celebrate the small things, keep the faith, hold on to hope while relying on the grace of God. Paul said it best…but by the grace of God. I am what I am.

Next time I’ll share a character interview for my current heroine and the writing process I use.

How did you do on your goals? Did you remember to celebrate your smallest accomplishments? How to do you stay connected to God in this world of ‘busy’? Please share in the comments.

Blessing

Unoma.

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