Sunday, December 26, 2010

Questions for 2011


As I look out on the snowy universe outside my window and look forward to the coming New Year, I find myself reflecting on my life as a writer. I've spent a long time not writing, or at least not writing what I wanted to write, and I wish I knew the reason(s) why. Fear of failure, fear of success, fear that my writing isn't good enough? Who knows? What matters now is it's time to get back on track. I have so many stories inside me. I feel the urge to write growing each day and so I ask myself the following questions as I enter 2011:
  • Who am I as a writer?
  • What do I want to communicate and to whom?
  • How do I want to communicate it?
  • What is my ultimate goal?
  • How can I achieve that goal through writing?
  • Who will benefit?
Over the coming weeks I intend to explore these questions, not in any particular order but in whatever way each reveals itself to me. I expect this to be a glorious adventure, at the end of which I will emerge a better writer and, more importantly, a better person.

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Jackie as Editor

I had no idea that Jackie Kennedy Onassis spent 19 years as an editor producing 97 books, many on dance. I love her quote:

"If you produce one book you will have done something wonderful in your life."

That makes me feel wonderful!

Friday, December 17, 2010

E-Mail Submissions

One thing about e-mail submissions...your work gets rejected a lot faster.

Monday, December 13, 2010

I Did It!

After threatening to do so for months, I've finally submitted a story to an agent. Regardless of the response, I'm glad I finally broke free of my self-imposed "exile" and sent something out. Look out world. The sky's the limit now.