Thursday, 30 December 2010

2011




Happy New Year to any one following this blog. Like the greeting shows I hope all my writer friends fill their books with new projects and get their novels, short stories and poems published in 2011 and everyone enjoys peace, health and happiness always. As I have stated before I am not making any resolutions at all but just taking stock as we all do and hoping to be a bit more disciplined this year. FB and Twitter have been fantastic for friendships and lit information but has also been a very addictive distraction. So in January I hope to open my new book of the year and fill its pages with something worthwhile. A small plea to friends if you are following this blog please acknowledge when you can either in comments or click following. So many of you tell me 'I read that in your blog' but I never knew that you are a follower. The other plea is this. As a new writer I would be grateful for your reviews of my book on Amazon. I had so many emails to me personally on how much you liked 'Twice Born' but a few lines on Amazon, if you use it, would make a tremendous difference to a new writer.
A new beginning in 2011 is full of promise to look forward. I hope reading about Isabel Allende's literary routine kick starts in me, a new disciplined way of approaching my writing life. She starts a new novel every year! From Wikipedia:

"Allende also holds to a very methodical literary routine. She writes using a computer, working Monday through Saturday, 9:00 A.M. to 7:00 P.M. "I always start on January 8," Allende stated; "a tradition she began in 1981 with a letter she wrote to her dying grandfather that would become the groundwork for her first novel, The House of the Spirits." Allende is also quoted as saying:

In January 8, 1981, I was living in Venezuela and I received a phone call that my beloved grandfather was dying. I began a letter for him that later became my first novel, The House of the Spirits. It was such a lucky book from the very beginning, that I kept that lucky date to start.

Happy reading and writing to all my blog followers and the all the best for 2011.

2 comments:

Susan Abraham said...

Hi Leela,

I did leave a comment or two several months ago but they never showed, so I stopped. Also, I was under the impression that your blog was dormant for a very long time. That probably explains the inactivity from others as well.
I do know from longtime experience, that it's hard work keeping a blog and that you have to make a legitimate effort for it to flourish, if you want to expand your readership. Unless you have a group of very supportive commenters by default, come rain or shine. Otherwise to catch a stranger's attention, blog-writing is an art in itself.

Also, you have actually made a resolution. Not of the obvious affirmative or decorative bells n whistles variety. That I agree.
But you have taken stock as others do and become resolute on the idea of adopting a new effective discipline to your writing life. When you say here,
"A new beginning in 2011 is full of promise to look forward. I hope reading about Isabel Allende's literary routine kick starts in me, a new disciplined way of approaching my writing life...."

And also here, "So in January I hope to open my new book of the year and fill its pages with something worthwhile."

In my book unless there was absolutely no change to your days at all, these would be seen as resolutions.

Here's wishing you success,
cheers & a Happy New Year!

Leela Soma said...

Thank you for following me Sue. Your comments are valid. I had to moderate comments and I was not aware of it for a start so may be yours did not show up for a while. I am still a technophobe and it takes a while for me to get to grips with new things on the net, blogging was one.
Re resolutions I am not setting targets but to improve in general and that is good enough for me.

Wishing you a good New Year Sue and lots of writing success and travels galore!

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