2016: The Year of “Why Not You?”

seahawksThis is the first time I’ve looked back on a year and thought it was a good year. In 2015, I worked hard at getting a novel I’m proud of ready for the world. My gardening business was happily busy. My older daughter got more serious about her studies, my younger one relaxed a bit despite her disability. My son did great academically and became the best trumpet player at his school. My husband, as always, never stopped impressing me with his patience for our kids and love for me. Oh, and I finally started sleeping well. Maybe because these other things fell into place, go figure.

Because 2015 was a good year, I’m inspired to accomplish even more in 2016. God, I sound like such a Polyanna. This year’s going to be the best ever! But it’s true. I’m actually ready to get down to the business of being more successful. One of the ways I’m planning on doing that is publishing my novel. While I’ve published fiction and non-fiction short pieces, I haven’t published a book yet. And that’s probably because I’ve never tried very hard. With an earlier novel I had several near-misses. But this year I’m resolved to try harder. And try again. And again in different ways like publishing more short pieces, etc.

I was inspired by the story of Seahawks’ quarterback Russell Wilson and his dad. When he was about to go into college and wanted to play football, he was told (probably by coaches or recruiters) he wouldn’t make it as a pro player because he was only 5’11”. Most quarterbacks are over six feet tall. Being able to see over the players and to where you need to throw or move is considered a huge advantage. Wilson didn’t have this advantage. But his father encouraged him to try anyway. Wilson has said his father often said to him, “Rus, why not you? Why not you?” He wanted Wilson to believe in himself despite his disadvantage.

My disadvantage is I haven’t published a full-length novel. But this year I believe I can. I’ve written a compelling story with interesting characters. It’s set in Paris. It’s about horticulture. It touches on modern day issues of religious fanaticism and natural medicines. It could be the first in a series of books of what I call “horti-thrillers.” I’m researching agents and ready to knock on doors. So why not me? I’m just as hard-working, creative, and professional as published book authors.

If you’re a hard-working, professional writer, I encourage you to also name 2016 as your year of “Why Not You?” Because in the end, why not?

5 thoughts on “2016: The Year of “Why Not You?”

  1. I love the title of this post. Then I saw the Seahawks picture (a big Seahawks fan lives in this house even though we aren’t anywhere near Seattle) and then I saw your name was Karen (which is my sister’s name) so I knew I had to read this post. 🙂 I too have been very impressed with Russell Wilson and his story and how that one thing his dad said to him encouraged him. I wish you much luck in getting your novel published. I am not an aspiring writer but have other things I would like to see happen in my life in 2016 so I will keep those words in the back of my mind. Indeed, Why Not You?



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