Last night I had the most amazing dream about a spectacular book with awesome binding with table of contents, index, and other back matter. I have a background in print and electronic publishing, and so I admire the details. It was done so beautifully and written in a style that I really love that I woke up realizing I really do need to get back to writing. Of course, a book with that kind of printing would be enormously expensive. Still, the inspiration was there.

It’s no surprise I would have a dream like that because, nearing the end of 2016, I’ve had my mind on what I hope to pursue and achieve for 2017. I’ve spent the last 3 years pursuing songwriting. But now I feel it’s time to get back to seriously writing fiction.

So I looked up my writing list on Twitter to see what my writer friends were up to, and I’ve been very inspired by some of the tweets. I’ve found this annual list of writing goals by JA Konrath, going back to ’07 or so, to be especially helpful.

This reminds me of three things my father said to me and they all meant so much to me because I didn’t get to know him until I was in my 40s. Interestingly enough, they are all are about writing. Pretty cool for a man who didn’t know me until he read my books.

“Keep writing – you must fulfill your destiny.”

“You make a walk in the park sound like the biggest adventure of all.”

“It’s hard to tell what’s fact and what’s fiction – you blend them so well.”

(He might have said other important things, but these are the ones about writing.)

We all need encouragement to keep writing, and these are some of the words I call on when I need a boost.