Writing It Forward In 2016
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2015 is in the books. I experienced successes and rejections with my writing. That's to be expected. What I didn't expect...
In late August, my husband and I accepted custody of two of our grandchildren, ages four and eight. It slowed us down...a LOT. My routine did a complete 180. I had to step back and re-evaluate how I might achieve my goals, and I re-evaluated my priorities.
My writing resume for 2015 looked great up to that point:
- I taught workshops at two writing conferences and enjoyed combining my training career with my writing career.
- A writer I met during a conference the year before hired me to edit his book, Locked In, which was published late in the summer and has done well.
- A short story I wrote at the last minute to enter a contest gave me a lot of mileage on the contest circuit including winning 3rd place in the HubCity\Emrys writing contest, making it to the semi-finalist level in the Faulkner-Wisdom writing contest, winning First Place in the Carrie McCray contest, publication in The Petigru Review, and a Pushcart Prize nomination.
These successes kept me going as I struggled with the drastic shift in our lifestyles, but excitement fizzles without continuous work refueling the drive.
So where am I? I have four great ideas for novels, two that I'm excited to work on. I’m plunging into 2016 with a renewed drive to get things done. I will find a way to do it.
I just need time to write
Enter #Write365, a Facebook group of writers who have agreed to write every day of 2016. (Yes, I’m aware 2016 has 366 days. We all need a one day pass, don’t we?) It never hurts to have a group gently looking over my shoulder and encouraging me. The good news? I have successfully found time to write every day of 2016 so far. Granted, on January 1 and 2, I managed fifteen minutes each day, but I wrote something. Today, school started back, so I got a lot of writing done.
So, I look forward to getting on with the year. I will persevere (my word for the year).
What are your successes in 2015? How are you staying focused and on track?