Happy New Writing Year

by - 7:26 PM

January 1st, the day of starting fresh, filled with resolutions and hopes and dreams. I love this day because it is the day the rest of the world joins me in my optimism. I am constantly setting goals and dreaming new dreams.

This is particularly true for my writing life. Each year, I choose a word on the Winter Solstice as a life guide for the next year. This year’s choice is fruition and I am already well pleased with it. I have been working for several years on improving my craft and my skills are solid. I’ve taken some excellent classes, attended writing workshops like Eric Maisel’s Deep Writing Workshop, Antioch Writer’s Workshop, and the Story Circle Network’s Stories From the Heart. I have a nurturing writing community I fondly refer to as my tribe. Yet I struggle with the act of letting go, of submitting my work for publication, and that is why fruition is the perfect focus for 2016.

The emphasis is to submit my work. And if it is rejected, to keep submitting it until it finds a home. One of my favorite children’s books A Wrinkle in Time was rejected 26 times. Chicken Soup for the Soul was rejected 144 times! Given the huge success of that series I imagine there are some folks still kicking themselves about that. Even JK Rowling’s Harry Potter was rejected 12 times before finding a home. The point I need to emphasize here is that none of them could have been rejected, and later published, if they had not been SUBMITTED!

To keep my feet to the fire, I am tracking my writing goals and objectives at www.mywriteclub.com. On this free site I can post my current goals and targets, add or change goals as needed, and when my fellow tribe members are on the site, get and give encouragement. For the past few years I have participated in NaNoWriMo and the group energy and accountability always propels me through to 50,000 words in 30 days. This may be the perfect tool to bring to fruition my writing efforts.

So Happy New Writing Year to you all! If you have a tool or a system that keeps your writing practice moving forward, please share it in the comments. 

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