As someone who doesn't normally make New Year resolutions, this year I find myself making several.  And, while I aim to keep all of them, top of the list is to complete a book.

I once blogged here about the importance of always finishing a book  (April 2016 ) but for the last couple of years, I've been unable to do that. The reasons why have been many and varied but, on reflection, the main one has been a lack of focus and determination following a run of rejections.  Keeping going, keeping believing, fending off doubts and finding inspiration, let alone actually sitting down and putting fingers to keyboard, can be hard at such times.  Who was it that said that success is 99% persistence?  They might be right but alongside persistence is the support of fellow writers and friends who are there backing you every step of the way.  And, even more importantly, believing in you when you don't always believe in yourself.

So to all those fabulous people I'd like to say a HUGE thank you and wish you a wonderful New Year and all the best of everything in 2018!


  1. Happy New Year, Melissa. You're so right. Keeping focused and getting those words down can be so hard. Here's hoping 2018 is a better year and that the words will flow. xx

  2. Hi Sarah, happy new year to you too! Hope it proves to be new year, new inspiration for us both xx

  3. So true, Melissa, but sometimes life gets in the way through no fault of our own. You are a terrific writer so I know you will succeed. Let's hope 2018 is your year! xxx

  4. Hi Kim, thanks for your encouraging comment and I hope 2018 is your year of writing success too! See you soon xx


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