Happy New Year! So, I’ve dropped the ball. I didn’t finish the Challenge, at least not yet. I still plan on reaching the goals I set out, just on my extended time frame. I have however figured out a few things that I think are pretty important. I have realized I will not be able to create more time in my life to write. I get a few hours at most at night once my daughter is in bed and that is it. Trying to write every night and staying up to 2 am to try to fit writing in does not work for me. That doesn’t mean to say I can’t work on my writing every day though or at least try to. I have plenty of opportunity throughout the day where I can think about my writing. I do a lot of things that do not take my whole attention, like dishes or laundry, where I can be thinking about my writing. I have also given myself permission to take a little time to relax at the end of the day, whether that be with tv or solitaire on my phone (my new time sucking addiction). I think relaxing a little is important. Hopefully this will allow me to focus 100% on my writing while I’m writing instead of thinking of how much I want to just veg out. With these in mind, my new writing plan is to pick a night or two a week to write and have the other nights to focus on the other things in my life that I need to get done, like pay bills, spend time with the husband, get other tasks done (like finally finishing my daughters baby book). I have also ordered The Write Type: Discover Your True Writer’s Identity and Create a Customized Writing Plan by Karen E. Peterson which I found thanks to Kristi Holl’s blog. I’m hoping this book will help me succeed in my writing. I have big plans for 2011. Stay tuned to see how I do.