If I were to pick a word to sum up my writing life in 2014, the word would be “progress.” (Inspired by Carrie Snyder’s word “success.”)
In the short space of one year, I:
- finished a solid draft of my young adult novel Beneath the Cardboard Moon
- secured my dream agent
- strengthened my manuscript even more
- was accepted into a very competitive Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing program
- started this blog
- attended some great literary events
- started practising public speaking through Toastmasters
- committed myself to writing every day by getting up early
- had fun writing my first-ever short stories.
And what, through all this, have I learned about a writing career?
- Writing a book is the opposite of peeling an onion; it’s layering it.
- Other people’s feedback is vital.
- Nothing goes quickly.
- If you work hard and give things time, they might work out as you’d hoped.
- No one said it would be easy; commit yourself and keep plugging away.
Thanks go to the authors of all the great books I’ve read this year. Here are a few that inspired me:
- I’ll Give You the Sun, Jandy Nelson
- We Were Liars, E. Lockhart
- The Enchanted, Rene Denfeld
- Gone Girl, Gillian Flynn
- A House in the Sky, Amanda Lindhout
- Something Fierce, Carmen Aguirre
- Drunk Mom, Jowita Bydlowska
- An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth, Chris Hadfield
I wish a fantastic new year to you all!