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Choose a Word, Not Any Word by Sia Huff

Sia_Huff_croppedA couple of years ago, I decided to have No Regrets and stating those two words aloud helped galvanize me into action. No surprise really, with the many studies that say if you get a visual of (a picture or write down) your goal you have a better chance of success.

My No Regrets year I made sure to do things I wanted, go places I wanted, spend time with people who are important to me. I had a blast. Last year my word was Learn. I took classes online and went to conferences I’d never been to before. My goal was to make my craft better.

This year time slipped away as I debated what word I want to try to make a part of my everyday life. So I finally decided on… Grow!

I need to take all I learned last year and apply the lessons. Growth of any kind means changes. Changes can be scary. I’ll have lots of changes coming my way this year. My teenager is graduating from high school. We ‘re talking about downsizing and moving. Instead of backing away and being afraid, I’ve decided to embrace change and grow.

How about you? What do envision? Do you have a word or two that describes the year ahead?100_0593

Leave your answer in the comment box below to win three books: our own, Susan Carlisle’s NYC Angels: The Wallflower’s Secret; Maisey Yates, Heir To a Desert Legacy; and Lucy Monroe’s One Night Heir. (Warning: these books are more on the Hot Tamale side.) Open to US residents only. Good luck!

Marilyn Baron - January 23, 2014 - 10:08 am

My word for the year would be Write. I am tring to finish Book III of my paranormal series and my new women’s fiction I’m very excited about.

Tamara LeBlanc - January 23, 2014 - 10:55 am

My word is Prolific, which mirrors Marilyn’s because it means WRITE, DAILY!!!
Thanks for the post, Sia.
It’s inspiring :)

Sia Huff - January 23, 2014 - 11:48 am

Write – great word, Marilyn.
You will finish both those books this year. Positive affirmation help! After all you released seven books this last year. Quite an accomplishment.

Sia Huff - January 23, 2014 - 11:53 am

Prolific – I love it, Tamara.
As a matter of fact, I may steal it from you for next year! You can do, Tamara. You can write something every day.
Glad it inspired you.

Carol Burnside / Annie Rayburn - January 23, 2014 - 1:56 pm

I’ll glomming onto Tamara’s word too because “prolific” fits. I need to be prolific in publishing and in writing to keep up with my goals.

Piece of cake, right? (says she as she rolls her eyes)

Enjoy your year of growth!

Sia Huff - January 23, 2014 - 4:05 pm

You go, Carol. Tamara’s word is awesome and terrifying at the same time. I know what you mean. But you can do it!
Thanks, I hope to enjoy my year of “growth”. Even though I understand “pains” sometimes come with it.

Susan Carlisle - January 23, 2014 - 5:04 pm

Mine would be to “expand”. Not as in my waistline. Expand the type of books I have been writing. I want to get another nonfiction out and see where some of my fiction will go. Thanks for including one of my books in your give away.

Sia Huff - January 23, 2014 - 5:11 pm

Another good word, Susan.
I know you don’t mean your waistline – LOL. I’d love to see you publish in other areas. Good luck with that goal. With you, I don’t need to say work hard – I know you do.
My pleasure to include your book in the give-away.

Pam Asberry - January 23, 2014 - 9:44 pm

My word is “diligence.” Keep up the good work, Sia! :-)

Connie Gillam - January 24, 2014 - 9:49 am

My word is “write”! Write when the words sound like crap and there’s only one paragraph to show for three hours of sitting at the computer.

Sia Huff - January 24, 2014 - 3:28 pm

Excellent word, Pam. Diligence.
We all need to be diligent in our writing goals. Others goal too. ;) Thanks, Pam, I’m working on it.

Sia Huff - January 24, 2014 - 3:30 pm

Ah, yes, Connie. An important word indeed. An important lesson – to just write – you’ll get there.

Walt Mussell - January 24, 2014 - 11:08 pm

My word of the year is the same as it was last year: “Finish.” I finished a draft last year and plan to finish a draft this year.

Sia Huff - January 26, 2014 - 8:27 am

Another great word, Walt. Finish.
You can only get published if you finish the book. Hears to you finishing another draft.

Sia Huff - January 26, 2014 - 8:37 am

Just wanted to say I love the word “prolific” and Tamara is the winner of the three books listed above.
I hope each one of us reaches our goals this year.

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