If I could sum up 2013 in two words (as pertaining to my writing career), they would be: PROFESSIONAL WAITER. (lol, notice the coffee…could add “Professional coffee drinker” to resume too…)
This year has really stretched my patience, has grown me as a person and as a writer, and has given me quite the backbone. I’ve learned the great importance of “it takes a community to write a book.” I tried so long to be a writer all by myself–I wanted to be able to say I did it ALONE with no help from anyone! But this year has taught me that the more people I involve, the better my writing becomes. It took so much out of me to actually share my writing, to allow people to read my stuff. I shook each time I pushed the send button….but everyone who I’ve shared my writing with, has improved it in one way or another. There are still days when I jump in the worthless-writer pit and want to give up, go it alone . . .but those days have gotten less and less as I allow more people to read, edit, help, and encourage me along this writing journey.
How about you? Where have you seen growth with your writing knowledge and actual writing?
I started 2013 finishing up a major overhaul of my YA novel, BOUND. I sent out more queries. Got a few rejections and one maybe. I connected with so many writers on FB–have really benefited from their knowledge and advice. I finished NaNoWriMo, having written 66,000 words. I got two new ideas for series, and worked on several novels that I had started…
So, I wrote all the above to say, it’s been quite the year. I’m looking forward to 2014 and the challenges and growth that are on their way. (BTW: There are still a few more weeks of 2013 for writing news…)
I’ve decided to make a list of my writing goals for 2014. By posting them here, I feel I’ll have some accountability. And, the best part, I can share the excitement with you all as I’m able to cross off the items!
My writing Goals (& Dreams) for 2014
1. Finish polishing/editing BOUND. (Have the most wonderful editor!!)
2. Write 70,000 words in January (I’m doing OhNoNaNo with a group of writer friends)
3. Send out queries for BOUND . . . until I get an agent.
4. DREAM: I would love to have an agent before I’m 30 (that gives me until the end of February…) A girl can dream!
5. Write and organize the first draft of ENDICOTT.
6. Finish the first draft of TAKEN. (sequel to BOUND)
7. Get 1-2 editing jobs.
*I may add more as I think of them, but there are 7 to start with.
So, who’s with me? What are some of your writing resolutions, goals, dreams for 2014? Share and let us cheer along with you as you accomplish each one!