Friday, September 28, 2012

What I've Learned So Far

While contemplating my latest blog post, I found myself reflecting on the writing and non-writing I have done this year. Not to pat myself on the back too hard, but I have really accomplished a lot.

I have been running my very own blog for just about one year. There have been weeks at a time that I have been the worst blogger in the world, and other weeks where I have posted multiple times. I have helped a lot of authors get the word out about their books, too.

I joined this really awesome collaborative blog called YA Stands. Ever heard of it? All of the fabulous ladies here have taught me so much about writing and have been so supportive!

I completed my first manuscript.

I told people that I am a writer.

I queried.

I entered contests.

I have been rejected.

Now, I think I have THE idea. Ya know, the one that will be big? I don't really want to say too much about it but I will tell you all this...this story comes from all of the rejection I have received AND being okay with putting my first manuscript away in a drawer. It may never again see the light of day; however, I am okay with that.

My latest idea is at a slow bubble, churning around in my mind. I have pieces written, but nothing lengthy. This time is different for I have a plan. The plan is to plan. When I begin really writing this story, I will have a white board and Post-It Notes. I will have a soundtrack to which I will type. Once my fingers start tapping on the keys of my MacBook, they won't stop and this all begins in the next few weeks. This is the story I will be writing during NaNoWriMo. The plan is to complete the first draft by the end of November.

I don't think I would be where I am today without the encouragement of my fellow bloggers at YA Stands, the wonderful authors I have met, and the writer peeps on Twitter. I thank you all for this! I also hope you forgive me when I fall off the face of the earth for awhile:)

What have you learned from your writing journey this year?


  1. i loved when i got THAT idea! I think NaNo is such a great thing for writers, it's so motivating and really helps to get my butt in gear. Good luck!

  2. Aww!! <3 Well, you're amazing and I'm proud of you and all of your hard work! You can do this!

    1. Thanks for the pep talk! I will definitely need that during November:)

  3. YA STANDS has helped me too, in both learning more about the writing world and more importantly how to enter it. Good luck on your big idea, I am currently writing a manuscript and hope to get it written by the end of the year.

    Keep writing!

    The Book Critic x

    1. Keep at it, I know you'll get it finished by the end of the year!

  4. Yes! Good work! I too have gone through the same steps. My first manuscript sits on a shelf and that's okay because I am in the editing stage of the 2nd novel and now I know what I'm doing. I have the poster on the wall, the post-its, the notebook. I know what a query letter even is. In fact, I could help someone write one I've revised mine so many times. I know what WIP means, what an adverb really is...I could go on and on and it's b/c I have kept writing and didn't quit when it was hard. Good for you and good luck!