Secondly, I just found two very inspiring posts - useful as we come to the close of a year and a decade. Christine has a post about the work she managed to get done over the holidays, and strikes a great balance between the writing life and the non-writing life, as usual. Go read :)
And while I was poking around some other blogs, I found JA Konrath's blog, which I now follow, because it's great. His post about New Year's Resolutions for Writers is essential reading - I know a few blogging agents who may disagree with his assertion that Print is King, but for now I agree with him that giving up on print completely is a bad plan for a new writer.
So what are my writing resolutions? Eep, that's a scary question. Here's Joe Konrath's suggested list:
Newbie Writer Resolutions
- I will start/finish the damn book
- I will always have at least three stories on submission, while working on a fourth
- I will attend at least one writer's conference, and introduce myself to agents, editors, and other writers
- I will subscribe to the magazines I submit to
- I will join a critique group. If one doesn't exist, I will start one at the local bookstore or library
- I will finish every story I start
- I will listen to criticism
- I will create/update my website
- I will master the query process and search for an agent
- I'll quit procrastinating in the form of research, outlines, synopses, taking classes, reading how-to books, talking about writing, and actually write something
- I will refuse to get discouraged, because I know JA Konrath wrote 9 novels, received almost 500 rejections, and penned over 1 million words before he sold a thing--and I'm a lot more talented than that guy
I'm not sure how feasible this list is for someone who works full-time, but that's the kind of commitment I'm shooting for.
I would like to close by saying 'Anyway, back to the book. . . .'
But I can't, because my mother just popped on a DVD I'd quite like to watch. So I won't be getting back to the book for an hour or so yet. But lots of stuff has made me think over the last few days and I have lots of interesting stuff to bring to the page - so I can't wait to be writing again.