Jill Weatherholt

Writing Stories of Love, Faith and Happy Endings While Enjoying the Journey

Hocus Pocus ~ Now Focus


images[4]“Lack of direction, not lack of time, is the problem. We all have twenty-four hour days.” ~ Zig Ziglar

Each year rather than making a list of resolutions that will be broken by February, I choose one word as a guide toward reaching my goals. This year my word chose me, it was practically screaming at me on a daily basis during the past weeks.

Since completing NaNoWriMo, my writing life was almost non-existent. My mind was full of ideas and random thoughts that never made it from my brain to my laptop. I was easily distracted. When I got home from my day job I cleaned, exercised or cooked to avoid writing, I wasn’t even reading. It was then, I knew something was wrong.

Last week, as I continued to busy myself with anything but writing, I looked out the kitchen window to identify a bird at our feeder. I wasn’t wearing my glasses, so I couldn’t see very well. I put them on and everything became clear. I immediately saw one of my favorite birds, the Tufted Titmouse. Having the feeder to himself, he consumed the seed at a frantic pace.

Standing at the window, I had my light bulb moment. I had no direction with my writing because I was unable to focus. I had this large list of tasks to accomplish; finish a short story for submission, start a new short story, edit my NaNo project, read my craft books from cover to cover and enter several writing contests. I had become overwhelmed and unable to focus. I had left the narrow path and steered off course. I wasn’t following my own advice to keep it simple.

I realized, just like a race car driver, my focus will determine my direction. So this year, I choose to focus on my focus. I’ll tackle one project at a time, rather than juggling multiple projects. I’m hopeful my word will remind me to slow down, to not fill every second with tasks, and to allow myself to focus on one thing at a time. This is the direction I want my writing life to take so I can continue to grow and learn as a writer.


Author: Jill Weatherholt

My name is Jill Weatherholt and I’m a writer. I have a full-time job, but at night and on the weekend, I pursue my passion, writing. I write modern stories about love, friendship and forgiveness. I started this blog as a way to share my journey toward publication and to create a community for other new writers. Raised in the Washington, DC area, I’ve lived in Charlotte, North Carolina since 2004. I hold a degree in Psychology from George Mason University and a Certification in Paralegal Studies from Duke University. My first book, SECOND CHANCE ROMANCE, published by Harlequin Love Inspired released on February 21, 2017 and is available on Amazon and Barnes and Noble.com. I was the first place winner in the Dream Quest One Short Story Contest in the Winter 2014-2015 competition. In 2014, I placed second in Southern Writers Magazine Short Story Contest. I was also a top ten finalist in Southern Writers Magazine Short Story Contest in 2012 and 2013. I’m a 2010 and 2012 winner of the NaNoWriMo Contest. I love to connect readers, visit me at jillweatherholt.com

11 thoughts on “Hocus Pocus ~ Now Focus

  1. Jill,
    Focus is an excellent focus for the year. Best of luck!


  2. We live in a busy, overflowing world, multi-tasking the apex. I think back to many years past; there wasn’t much to sort, what a joy that is to imagine. Looking forward to hearing how the focusing goes!

    I too have to find my glasses to see the hummingbirds. Otherwise they are blobs on the feeder! 🙂


    • You are the queen of multi-tasking, Anna. It seems to work for you and it definitely works for me in my day job, but not so much with my writing.

      Oh, I miss the hummies. You’re so lucky you can enjoy them year around. We usually have our first visitor in early May.

      Enjoy the game, I’ll be pulling for your 49ers!


      • Certain tasks I can handle with both hands, but not all. I know one crochet stitch, but I don’t knit, two sticks seem overwhelming. 🙂 I would love to make elaborate sweaters, hats and booties, but baby blankets and afghans are all I can sort.

        The only time the hummies vanish is when it pours, and that’s not often. I am so glad they decided to overrun our lives, hee hee.

        Thanks for the Niner love! We have some injuries, and this is Aaron Rodger’s proverbial backyard (he grew up north of Sacramento). If we win, I’ll be ecstatic. If we don’t, my husband will be thrilled. 🙂


  3. Love your headline! Good Luck with focusing this year.


  4. It’s amazing we all haven’t lost our minds with all the distractions and stimuli. Sometimes I want to move into a cave.


  5. Ah, reading those craft books from cover to cover is a great distraction! My laugh of the day. And thanks for visiting and commenting on my blog. ~Mary


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