Monday, December 29, 2014

Looking Back, and Forward

Post by Jenny

I can't believe it, but January 2015 is right around the corner. In the spirit of the month named after Janus--the Roman god of beginnings and transitions, whose two faces look to the future and the past--I'd like to look back at the year that was and toward the year that will be. Since this is a writing blog, I'll spare you my Christmas-letter-esque descriptions of vacations and miscellaneous family accomplishments and focus on writing.

In 2014, I again was so pleased to be a part of the creative committee and help stage the 9th annual Northern Colorado Writers Conference. In June, I was thrilled to see my name on the cover of my first book: Write Away: A Year of Musings and Motivations for Writers. Wine and Words, the Old Town Book Fair, and Greeley's High Plains Library District's ReadCon were enjoyable writer events. After years of debating the merits of joining a critique group, I finally did so and couldn't be happier about it. I had a short story appear as an Editor's Choice in the 2014 issue of NCW's Pooled Ink. And I enjoyed another year of sharing the Monday posts here at The Writing Bug. Sarah S. and Shirley, thank you for your wonderful posts this year. I will miss your wit and wisdom.

Looking forward, I'll keep on blogging here every other Monday. I can't wait to read the continuing words of inspiration from Rich, Kelly, and Sarah R., and I extend a warm welcome to two other excellent writers, J.C. Lynne and April Moore. I am so excited for the 10th Annual Northern Colorado Writers Conference coming up on March 27-28. (To pique your interest, and give you the opportunity to see me dance a bit like Elaine in Seinfeld, we've put together an amusing little trailer, which you can see here.) I will enjoy rubbing elbows with other writers at the many fun NCW events throughout the year. Most of all, I hope to continue to grow as a writer. Because I have the social media presence of Sue Storm (for those of you without teenage sons, she is the Fantastic Four's Invisible Woman), one of the big challenges for me in 2015 will be to get serious about building my platform.

The other day, I read that some people celebrate the 12 days of Christmas by dedicating each day to an ideal they wish to focus on in the corresponding month of the new year. Day one for January, day two for February... I invite you to do the same regarding your writing. Instead of making a blanket resolution for the year, choose one aspect of writing to focus on each month. Today is only day four, so it's not too late to jump in!

Best wishes to you all for a healthy, happy, productive, and rewarding New Year!

What is on your writer's to-do list for 2015?

1 comment:

Patricia Stoltey said...

One thing on my writer's To Do List for 2015 is to attend one of the big mystery fan conventions. Right now I'm aiming for Magna cum Murder in Indianapolis in late October.

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