Children’s author Julie Hedlund, challenged participants of her 12 Days of Christmas for Writers series to post SUCCESSES (rather than resolutions) on our blogs this year. She believes the way New Year’s resolutions are traditionally made come from a place of negativity – what DIDN’T get done or achieved in the previous year. Instead, she suggests we set goals for the New Year that BUILD on our achievements from the previous one. I decided to participate in this Anti-Resolution Revolution! Here is my list for 2017.
Since setting goals instead of making resolutions has been my way for many years now, sharing what I see as my successes feels much more positive. So, in 2017 I have surprised myself because I:
1. settled on my word for the year – PROGRESS – and set out to make it happen in my writing as much as I could manage, and grew in confidence as a writer;
2. celebrated my 7th year of blogging here on WordPress on January 9;
3. wrote 144 blog posts, including this one and one scheduled for Dec 31;
4. wrote reviews of 67 books on my blog, 42 of which were written by 12 x 12 members – past and present;
5. interviewed 3 authors here on my blog, and 2 illustrators – my first time to interview illustrators;
6. participated in Tara Lazar’s Storystorm challenge and came up with 30 ideas for stories;
7. entered Susanna Hill’s Valentiny writing contest (my entry);
8. entered Vivian Kirkfield’s #50 Precious Words challenge (my entry);
9. participated in ReFoReMo (Reading For Research Month) and read over 100 recommended picture books to learn more about writing picture books – and the reading continues;
10. read over 600 books during the year, all but about 60 were picture books;
11. wrote a 500-word story for a writing challenge through InScribe;
12. attended an information session with other local writers, put on by the writers federation of which I’m a member;
13. attended 15 (or more) webinars about different aspects of writing, mostly regarding picture books;
14. attended a full day online Picture Book Summit & won the big prize;
15. participated in all the 12×12 webinars – except for maybe one;
16. gained a picture book writer friend through 12×12 & we share about our writing life nearly every day;
17. earned a place on the 12×12 winners wall because of writing 25 new story drafts, 18 more than in 2016, (12 are required for the win);
18. wrote 6 revisions of stories;
19. got one story polished and submission-ready;
20. submitted story (point #19) to an agent – my first time to approach an agent;
21. received a reply from agent (point #20) with positive comments and helpful advice – a champagne rejection;
22. posted one of my stories in the 12×12 critique forum and received wonderful comments and helpful critiques, one by a critique ninja;
23. was gifted a helpful critique by author Marcie Colleen to further improve my story (point #19);
24. prepared, arranged, and published my dear mother’s children’s story as a photo flip book and had 8 copies printed for family in her honour;
25. believe more deeply I AM A WRITER!
What are YOUR 2017 successes? No matter how small or insignificant they might seem, they add up and fit together somehow. Please share with us in the comments.
Thanks for reading, and … Creative Musings! 🙂 ♥
Congratulations, Lynn, for your past achievements and looking forward to future ones. “I am a writer” is a huge first step. You can only go upward from there. Happy New Year.
Hello, Syr! It’s wonderful hearing from you again.
Thank you for your words of encouragement which mean a lot to me.
Happy New Year to you, too!
You did extremely well. Writing those successes out like that really helps to show how productive you have been. I plan to write mine out soon as well. Happy New Year!!
Thank you, Darlene. It’s surprising how the list keeps growing with little things that all contribute to the whole. Your list will be very interesting, I’m sure.
Happy New Year to you!
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Hurray for you, Lynn! Your list of successes is astonishing!!! And I’m thrilled we have connected…our FB chats spur me on to complete tasks (like watch those 12×12 webinar replays) I might have pushed aside…being held accountable is so helpful to me! Here’s to a great year of possibilities!
Thank you, Vivian, for your support. I think 2018 is stuffed full of potential and it’s just up to us to access it. I’m looking forward to it – for both of us, since you’ll have a book coming out!