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Happy New Year!
I am a couple of weeks late, but nonetheless, it is a new year. I wish you all the best! For myself and my writer friends, it is my fervent wish that our words flow swiftly from our pens on to the blank white page this year.
In the spirit of the New Year though, these are a few things that kept me busy last year:
- I wrote more by developing a Daily 15 routine. During my lunch hour every day, I set a timer for fifteen (15) minutes and wrote, wrote, wrote. I "took" the time to focus on my writing. It is the the secret behind all the progress I made this year. By the end of the year, I stretched the time to 20 minutes.
- As a result of the routine, I made good progress on revisions to my first young adult novel. The first draft was written during Nanowrimo 2011, but I couldn't get myself to touch it until over a year later. When I finally began the process early last year, I fell in love with the story all over again.
- I took a more active role in my local writing group, the South Jersey Writers' Group, by running a workshop on outlining, organizing events for visiting authors, and running the group's social media program. It's my way of giving back to the group that has helped me so much.
- I joined the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI).
- On a personal note, my family and I spent the Christmas holidays back home in the Philippines. Many things have changed since we lived there, and I am sure many will say that I've changed a lot too. It was lovely to be with our families and our closest friends again.
As for 2014, I plan to stay the course. Finish my revisions and start the critique process by spring. Finish the first draft of my second young adult novel by the end of the year. Participate in online fiction events to try my hand at literary forms and genres outside of my comfort zone. Submit one piece, possibly a short story, for consideration this year. I'm looking forward to a fun year ahead.
On a final note, many of you have come to know this blog as a source of a weekly writing inspiration with my Inspiration Sunday posts. These posts will continue this year, but I now welcome direct submissions from photographers, graphic designers, and other artists. Please visit the Inspiration Sunday Submissions page to contact me if you are interested to have your work featured on Inspiration Sunday.