HOPE on

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Final NaNo Count: 27,548

I still consider myself a winner. Know why?

I FINISHED.

That’s right. I have a finished product that is going out to Alpha readers this week. It’s not 50,000 words, but I’m not sure it was ever meant to be.

In the meantime, here’s what you can expect from me in December 2021:

Last year’s Advent series ended up being some of the best work I did all year.

With that in mind, I’m going to explore the pillars of Advent again this year, but with a more narrow focus.

Last year, I mentioned HOPE can be hard to come by for some of us this time of year.

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We must remember.

The holidays are not a happy, joyful, or celebratory time for everyone. For some, this is a time of grief, strife, and strain.

Please remember: In this season of light someone is sitting in the darkness.

The best way you can help is to offer HOPE: be there without hovering, offer help without solutions, and emphasize the good without diminishing the present bad. It’s a tall order, I know, but it takes a tough person to sit out their own internal battles, remember that.

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This year, I want to speak specifically to the HOPE of all who consider themselves writers or who wish to become writers.

Here’s the deal, we have to have HOPE to keep going. If we give up on being published or recognized or even finished, that’s it. No one is going to do it for us.

We have to push and push and push ourselves, and that’s difficult. Much easier to give it up and blame something else. That’s the thing though. Once you realize it, you can’t unring the bell.

Nothing is stopping you but you.

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I HOPE after last week you’re feeling better. HOPE you did a little self-care.

I HOPE you have a little more HOPE this week and that you’re ready to face the end of the year.

If you’re not quite so surefooted, contact me. If you need some help with quarterly planning, learning to be a writer, or just someone to talk to, I’m only a click away.

How is HOPE manifesting in your life this season? What HOPE do you have to offer other writers?

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