Posted at 3:53 pm , on December 5, 2018
A year ago when I sat down to make my goals for 2018, I chose a word for the year: connect. I wanted to connect to the writing community in better ways than I had before, and I wanted to set myself up to connect with the publishing world.
I started by signing up for conferences, then signing up for contests, then exchanging manuscripts with other writers. One of my biggest steps was joining a critique group. I was so scared to make that jump, to commit all that time, and to give my work to writers farther along the path than I was.
But I did it. And the results were amazing.
Posted at 4:30 am , on January 15, 2018
Anybody else have a fear of telling people they’re a writer? I tend to be terrified of it. To the point that I don’t even talk to my family members (besides my husband) about it very much. When people ask what I do, I tend to mention all of my other hobbies before I mention my dearest hobby (which is so dear to me the word “hobby” hardly seems like the right way to describe it).
This year one of my goals is to be more open about my writing. The thought scares me, but I’m committed to mentioning writing first when asked.
I started working on the goal at Christmas. My husband’s family knew very little about my writing aspirations. I don’t remember how it came up, but I mentioned to a sister-in-law and my mother-in-law that I was working on editing and writing a couple of novels.