It’s the first week of 2019 and the internet is filled with everyone’s new year’s resolutions. And so I have to ask myself: Should I set some resolutions for myself? Is it really worth the pressure? I’ve decided that instead I will start off by looking back at 2018!
Accomplishments of 2018
I might not have published something, but it was a very successful year for me as a writer. I..
- wrote 8 flash fiction pieces (as part of my writers group challenge that you can find here)
- edited my first novel The Seelie Princess and received tons of great feedback
- entered both PitchWars and AuthorMentorMatch with that novel (and even though I did not get picked, I learned how to write a query letter and a synopsis)
- queried several agents
- tried NaNoWriMo and wrote 22,000 words in 15 days! I could not finish my project, but it was a valuable lesson to learn (read more about that here)
- outlined the sequel to The Seelie Princess and wrote approximately 40,000 words
- participated in two local writing workshops
- went to several Open Mic nights
- enjoyed at least one meeting a month with the most wonderful writers group (plus several fun evenings)
- read a few good books on writing and editing, including the very helpful Self-editing for Fiction Writers by Browne & King (available on Amazon)
Looking at this list now, I’m realizing how much I’ve accomplished! I’m going to be honest here and tell you that during the last year, at the end of most days, I felt as though I’d done nothing worthwhile. As though I was standing still and hadn’t progressed in my journey as a writer (and life in general) at all. But things look a bit different if I consider the sum of all those days. At the end of 2018, it didn’t matter that there were some days when I couldn’t get any work done (for whatever reason). There were plenty of other days when I was productive and creative, and those days all accumulated to that amazing list of accomplishments.
Goals for 2019
Since I can’t entirely resist the urge of planning this new year, I’m going to go ahead and make a short list of goals for 2019. This year I want to…
- revise The Seelie Princess and get it into the best shape possible
- learn more about traditional and self-publishing and see what works best for my novel
- finish writing the sequel
- participate in more writing workshops
- continue to meet with my writers group
To finish things up, I want to share a quote that is hanging on the wall right above my computer screen. It has guided me through difficult times in 2018 and it will continue to guide me through 2019. Sometimes we are so harsh on ourselves that we fail to see all the good that we’ve accomplished and that whatever we do is enough. HAVE A GOOD YEAR EVERYONE!