I’m going to write a book a month. The Authors Collection.

David R. Stokes
David R. Stokes

Joe Louis was the world’s heavyweight boxing champion from 1937 to 1949. Nicknamed the “Brown Bomber,” he defended his title a record 25 times. He was, by all accounts, a decent, hard working, and patriotic man.

During World War II he served in the Army and raised a lot of money for various causes by fighting exhibitions for the duration—meaning he didn’t defend his title for nearly four years during the prime of his career.

In the months before the war, he fought 13 times, dispatching contenders who made up what the press called the “Bum of the Month Club.”

Well, I want to take a page from the Champ’s book, at least the part about that “Month Club.” I only hope what I am about to try will never have the word “bum” affixed to it.

As I look forward to 2014, I’ve set a goal. Okay, I’m setting many goals—personal and professional. But the one I’m talking about here has to do with my writing.

I’m going to try to write and publish a book every month—beginning now—for the next year.  Yikes. Double yikes.

Am I crazy? Well, unlike Sheldon Cooper of “The Big Bang Theory” on television, my mother never had me tested. But it’s a fair question because my goal is, to say the least, ambitious.

November-Surprise-ebook_new-225x300Goals have been called “dreams with deadlines.” And maybe it’s because I started this book writing thing relatively late in life that I feel the need to make up for lost time. But I think I can do this. And I know want to do.

You might be asking, “How can someone produce that kind of output, while managing to do everything else?”  Well, much of my writing takes place outside of normal “work” hours. I get up early, and it’s amazing how many words get posted on my computer screen before eight AM.

Winston Churchill had a goal to write 2,000 words a day when he was writing a book. And he wasn’t known for brevity. I try to write 2,000 words in the morning. Sometimes it works—sometimes it doesn’t. But to use one more rather tired cliché—“If you aim at nothing, you’ll hit it every time.” So far, I’m on track.

Now, in the interest of full disclosure, I already know the projects I hope to complete in the next year. Some of them will be fictional stories. A few will be works of nonfiction. And yet others will be related to my pastoral work. I have been preparing for a while, filling notebooks with raw material just waiting to become books.

I’ll keep you posted on my on-going progress through this blog. As we say in radio, stay tuned.

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