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Photo credit: 2 little banshees / Foter / CC BY-NC-ND

I love this time of year. That is to say, I usually love this time of year. Last year was the first Holiday season where my Christmas Baby had been ruthlessly pulled under the truth about Santa tent. With her birthday on the holiday, she’s always had double the fun, double the spirit, and double doses of believing in the season. Nothing could pull her out of her holiday slump last year. This year…she’s back, and it has made all the difference as we prepare for the season. This naturally turned my thoughts to writing and inevitably…my sock drawer. Completely logical, right? I promise, it is…let me break it down for you.

I’ve been in a sorting, organizing frenzy over the past few weeks, throwing things into the donation pile with an abandon I usually never attain. It’s been liberating. Finally, it was time to tackle my sock drawer. When I started I BELIEVED I had NO socks. As I started to sort, match, organize, discard, I soon realized that I was a sock junkie. True, I found some socks with holes, like those you’d find in a plot that you’d need to discard. I also found items that didn’t belong, like long sleeve black gloves I’d worn when I was a bridesmaid a MILLLION years ago, kind of like those scenes that should be ruthlessly cut from a manuscript. BUT I also found a lot more of value than I ever expected. In fact, the draw is filled with a wealth of riches. The truth is, I’m a bit of a sock geek. I mean, who doesn’t want to wear their warm and fuzzies during the winter while curled up on the sofa reading a good book…or writing one?

While sorting, my thoughts turned to a new Young Adult Mystery novel of mine. I started it back in February for the NJRW JeRoWriMo writing sprint. I’d written 15 K words in one week and then left the story for crap. I stuck it way down in the bottom of the sock drawer, so to speak, and focused my energy on a new Humorous Contemporary Romance series. In short, I slid back into a comfy pair of old socks and got down to the business of writing. Nothing wrong with that, I LOVE this new contemporary series, and I hope to one day share it with my readers. However, this summer I pulled the YA out and found I truly LOVED the story. I darned the holes I could now see, polished it a bit, and submitted it to two contests. Guess what? That story, WINGING IT, I’d left for crap, is now a finalist in both writing contests!

Writers (or at least this one) are emotional. It is so easy to doubt ourselves. If we don’t believe in our work, who will? So, at this time of year, when we are focused on the magic of the season, I’m going to remind everyone, regardless of your passion, please remember that fulfillment in any endeavor starts first with your own ability to BELIEVE.


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  1. Congratulations on Winging It! And I love the analogies between writing and sock drawers. 🙂

  2. This is so true RoseAnn! I’ve also struggled with periods of doubt about my writing (like so many writers) and have pushed projects to the back of the file cabinet. It’s only when we truly believe in our current work-in-progress does writing become productive and fun again.

    • RoseAnn DeFranco

       /  December 9, 2014

      I like that you mentioned productive and fun. It is true…belief in a project can really light the fire within. Thanks!

  3. I like the analogy. And if you need to keep organizing, come on over!

    • RoseAnn DeFranco

       /  December 9, 2014

      Glad you like the analogy. I was just looking at a linen closet and thought, “Bitch, you’re mine!” But I’ve worked my butt off all day for a few hours of writing tonight and I’m guarding them like a mommy lion. The closet will have to wait for another day. PURGE, PURGE, PURGE!

  4. I believe in you RoseAnn! Good luck with the contests. 🙂

  5. Diana Quincy

     /  December 12, 2014

    Such GREAT news about Winging It! (I love the title BTW.) Congratulations! A young adult mystery sounds like lots of fun.

  6. JB Schroeder

     /  December 12, 2014

    Love the analogy, RoseAnn! So very true…And am glad to hear the spirit is back in your house and your writing!

  7. Great analogy, RoseAnn. This is the time of year of weeding out the old and setting a new path for the upcoming year. And you’re so right about needing to BELIEVE in your writing. If you don’t, who will? Glad to hear your daughter’s holiday spirit is back this year!

  8. Jaye Marie Rome

     /  December 14, 2014

    Chiming in to say I too love the analogy! Oh, it’s so hard to believe sometimes, isn’t it? When you have piles and piles of material, but nothing fits. I personally sorted through a large ironing basket of clothes this weekend and realized I have way more than I need, and quite a bit I don’t like anymore. So like your socks, and like my wrinkly clothes, I need to get to my manuscript and find the good stuff, toss the old, iron out the kinks, and put my best foot forward.


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