Deborah Siegel shares what she learned about being a writer this year. Now it's your turn--tag and tweet it! #shewrites2010
When Baby X and Baby Y turned one a few weeks ago, something changed in my brain. A window opened just a crack, enough to let in the crisp air that tells me a change of seasons transpired. I started tweeting. I refreshed my Google Reader to incorporate my new focus on all things writerly and She Writes-y. I started playing around with a Tumblr. And last Friday night, I went on a date with myself—my first since my twins were born.
Give a girl some moules frites, a glass of Shiraz, a notebook as companion, and later in the evening, an old friend and a book party with some fabulous feminists (Gloria Steinem! Eve Ensler! Shelby Knox!) and suddenly she remembers who she is: A thinker. A writer. Ah yes, that.
Last year around this time, I posted “10 Things I Learned about Writing in 2009”. In reality, I posted 5. (Lesson #1? “Adjust your goals accordingly.") I asked you to share your lessons, and then I aggregated some of my favorites, here.
As we turn our collective thoughts toward 2011, I invite all those who posted lessons last year, and all those who are new to this ever-expanding, ever-evolving hive mind called She Writes, to reflect on things you learned about writing—and/or about being a writer—in 2010.
Here’s what to do:
1. Post your lessons on your blog here at She Writes
2. Tag the post “shewrites2010” (so that I can pull a feed and link it all over town!)
3. Tweet it (hashtag #shewrites2010), FB it, send it far and wide so that we can encourage other writers to come on over and share what they’ve learned with us too.
Or just tweet this:
Learned something about writing in 2010? Join the She Writes reflect-a-thon http://bit.ly/shewrites2010 #shewrites2010
I’ll post a mash-up from the lessons you post, so that we all can learn from what you’ve learned, in trademark She Writes style, soon.
Ok, here are 5 things I’ve learned about writing/being a writer in 2010:
1. Saying goodbye to a writing project that turned out to be the wrong one for the year in which I gave birth to twins allowed me to say YES to the projects that are right.
2. Even if the writer-me disappears for a short (ok, long) while, my writing buddies and my agent still want to know me.
3. The only consistent element of my writing and organization system is a commitment to trying out new systems. (I’m currently trying Evernote—thank you, Melissa Silverstein of Women and Hollywood—and old fashioned listmaking—thank you, Rita Arens of BlogHer—in a quad-ruled moleskin with a Sanford Uniball Onyx fine black pen. Scrivener and MacFreedom are on my list to check out in 2011--thank you SheWriMo Extraordinaire Andrea King Collier!)
4. Proofread. Always. 'Nuf said. Sending a news blast to 12,000+ She Writes members without proofing closely is just not worth the nausea that overcomes you when you realize you’ve spelled something wrong. (And to make anyone who might have recently done so feel better, this year I sent a news blast to the readership of Girl w/Pen with “Giirl” in the header. True story.)
5. Fifteen minutes of writing time is better than no minutes at all. I learned (re-learned) this one during Christina Baker Kline’swonderful webinar, Jumpstart Your Writing Life: Getting Started. I managed to write two drafts of an essay I'm pretty proud of this way—during breakfast, on the subway, and while walking in the park.
Your turn, She Writers. What did you learn about writing/being a writer in 2010?
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