Monday, December 31, 2012

Last Monday Book: A Year of Writing Dangerously

Post by Jenny

Unless my calendar is defective, today is the last day of what felt at times like a very long year. (I’m looking at you, politicians.) It is my sincere hope that you met—nay, exceeded—all your writing goals of 2012 and that you did it with such aplomb that your houseplants are thriving and you and your significant other are still on speaking terms. Life being what it is, however, I assume there are a few writers who, like me, didn’t meet their goals. I’m pretty sure I didn’t even make it to the same area code as my goals, let alone meet them in a swanky club for a cocktail and witty banter. (Yeah, I had some pretty splendid goals.)

The turning of a new year is a time to look both forward and back. January is named for the two-faced Janus, the Roman god of beginnings, transitions, doors, gateways, and, apparently, global investment funds (though I’m not sure how that last one fits in). As a writer, I find myself looking back at 2012 with regret (at not accomplishing much) and forward at 2013 with apprehension (that this year will bring more of the same).

Today’s Last Monday Book—A Year of Writing Dangerously; 365 Days of Inspiration & Encouragement, by Barbara Abercrombie—is a year’s worth of day-by-day guidance and wisdom—not about grammar or style or how to land an agent, but about building a life as a writer. It’s a journey that begins by wending your way up the first scary “switchbacks up the mountain” and moves you closer to “moments of grace.” I am very much looking forward to using this book to help clear the brush in front of me as I get back on track with my writing in the coming year.

In other news, The Writing Bug will have a few changes in the lineup in 2013. Rich Keller and I will alternate Mondays, Lynn Carlson and Jerry Eckert will share the Wednesday posts, and Maggie Goins will continue on Fridays. Please check in often to see how we’re doing.

Best wishes for a happy, healthy, and productive 2013! Did you make a writing resolution for the New Year?

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