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Reflection can light the writing path ahead


“It is a most mortifying reflection for a man to consider what he has done, compared to what he might have done.”

~Samuel Johnson

Before we look ahead to a New Year of new possibilities, this is the time for a little reflection. It may seem counter-intuitive, especially when every meme and social media post frantically urges us to plunge ahead with our eyes on the prize. Every day. Without fail. No let up allowed.


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And yet, it’s not such a bad thing to look back and reflect on the past year. Tally up all our accomplishments. Learn from our mistakes. And perhaps, most important, account for all the things we left undone.

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Sometimes, things get away from us. The day is just too short. Too full. Too fraught with the stress and pull of kids and work and bills. There are so many reasons not to strive for our writing dreams. And they’re all legit.

No one would begrudge your busy schedule, your hectic life. And all writers understand the fear that can follow a manuscript and the doubt that can haunt a creative soul.

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The problem is time is fleeting. It slips from one day to the next with alarming stealth, so that before you know it, I’ll-write-tomorrow, has turned into a decade of I-never-did.

You have your goals and your writing dreams. Let 2018 be the year that you pursue them. Don’t let yourself get caught in the daily haze and then look back with regret to see all the opportunities that slipped away.

Go ahead – reflect today for just a few brief moments. But then push ahead with abandon. The time to write is now.

Kerri S. Mabee is managing editor at and founder of Breeze Media & Communications. Learn more about her at

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