A New Year/A New Beginning

by Betty Thomason Owens

sylvester-1097596_1920Happy New Year!

Last night, as the clocks rolled past midnight into a fresh, new day, the numbers on our calendars also changed. Welcome to the first day of a brand new year–a fresh, clean slate–abounding with possibilities! Do you have a New Year’s resolution to fulfill? A date with a treadmill? Are you starting a juice fast, or the twenty-one-day spending fast? Looking for that svelte figure you lost? Aiming to add cash to the savings account? I hope you’re successful in everything you set out to do this year.

It is my privilege to greet you on behalf of the entire Crew at Writing Prompts. We have a special year planned with some exciting topics. As I glanced over the calendar Jennifer has worked so hard to complete, ideas popped into my writerly mind. I jotted them down, so I wouldn’t forget. Will I remember where I wrote them down? Well, considering the number of things I’ve had to go on the hunt for these past few days, possibly not. That pink sticky note will be covered up by more pink sticky notes.

What awaits us in 2016? The news media strives to paint a dark picture. But here on the Writing Prompts blog, we’re looking to focus your thoughts on fun and intriguing topics to spark new writing ideas. New beginnings. We’ll prompt you with interesting thoughts, posts, and photos. For instance, are you aware of the vast array of genres and subgenres in literature? Which genres do you prefer in your reading and/or writing? That’s February’s topic.

The Pacific Coast

What is your favorite season? Our writers will share theirs in March. In April, we’ll shower you with our favorite historical time periods. We’ll go to Australia in May, come back home to weddings in June, and remember a favorite vacation in July. And just in time for conference season (August), we’ll ferret out everything you want to know about writing conferences.

Pack your suitcases and get your passport up-to-date. Let’s go exploring! World Travel is September’s quest. We’ll seek out Natural Wonders in October, explore Art in November then finish out the year with Christmas Around the World.

A whirlwind tour awaits you this year on the Writing Prompts blog. Month after month of interesting subjects! And don’t forget about Wednesday’s 3 Questions. We’re serving up three fresh questions, and some exciting names on the list of interviewees. If you’re a writer with a book releasing in 2016, please feel free to contact us for a spot on our 3 Questions Wednesday calendar. Note: We encourage the 3 Questions authors to include a book giveaway, if possible.

We also do more in-depth interviews on Saturdays throughout the year. As well as prompting you with thoughts and ideas, we’re here to help you market your new release and introduce our readers to some fresh, new talent.

And who will bring you all these wonderful blog posts throughout the year? Just in case you missed our Roundup post in December, you can read it here. Or, simply click on the “CREW” tab above for additional information about each of our writers.

Writing Prompts & Thoughts & Ideas…Oh My! Yes, it’s in our title–we finish most of our posts with a writing prompt and encourage you to finish it and submit your efforts as a comment. In the past, we’ve offered bimonthly gift cards to our commenters, giving extra entries for those who complete a prompt. In 2016, we’re suspending the bimonthly gift cards and offering more valuable gifts twice a year. In June, we celebrate our blog’s anniversary (we’re calling it blogaversary). If you answer a prompt on the blog during the first half of the year, you will be eligible to win the blogaversary prize (we’re still planning that prize!). The more prompts you answer, the more entries you’ll get. Don’t miss the announcement of our grand prize winners in the Once Upon a Christmas Giveaway — TBA later tonight! ⇒see sidebar meme

My prayer for you in 2016 is this:  May you write inspired, reaching the hearts of many hurting souls through your fiction and nonfiction. May the rewards of your work be lasting treasures in heaven. And may God crown your year with His bounty…(Psalm 65:11). Not a writer? Most of that prayer is relevant to you as well.

Writing Prompt: Write an interesting caption for this photograph. Submit via comments.


betty owensBetty Thomason Owens writes romantic comedy, historical fiction, and fantasy-adventure. To find out more about her books, her writing, and other interests, click here. Thanks for visiting the Writing Prompts blog!