Three Wishes for My Writing In The Coming Year: Will You Tell Me Yours?

It isn't just a new year for She Writes, it's a new year for me, as my birthday and She Writes's are very close together.  (Mine is today!)  For the anniversary last week, we asked She Writers all over the world to get together and share their wishes for the coming writing year.  For my birthday, I am going to take a big leap and write mine down here for all the world -- or at least all She Writers -- to see.

This is a big step for me.  As some of you know (but many of you don't), I started She Writes two years ago at a time of deep emotional turmoil and pain.  My marriage was ending, and with two small boys to protect and my own guilt and grief to process, I wasn't able to write.  I tried, but the words just didn't come, and the isolation writing requires was dangerous for me in the throes of so much depression and anxiety.  (My journalling was critical to my survival and mental health, but my journals are not something I would ask any other human being to read!)  I needed to reach outward at a time when I couldn't go in.  So on the advice of a very wise friend I decided to do the next best thing, responding to my own need for a home, a community, and an empowering space for women writers, a place where all of us can turn during those times when writerly isolation is hard to bear.

Two years later, I am thrilled to say that I am ready to write again, and writerly isolation sounds heavenly!  (Now if I can only find some.)  I have ideas that have been percolating for some time, and are now too urgent, and too inviting, to ignore.  I am also aware that the very existence of these ideas and creative impulses has been comforting me for months now, making me feel as though I have accomplished something when in fact nothing has been tried.  That must come to an end.  It's too easy to bask in projects yet unattempted and unrealized -- in that hazy, dreamy light, they all seem doable and brilliant, and it is tempting to leave them in their idea-state just for that reason.  But I owe it to myself, and to the stories I want to tell, to subject them to the harsh and unflinching light of the work itself, and see how they hold up.  

So without further ado -- three wishes for my writing in the year to come.

I wish that...

1) By this time next year, I will have completed a television pilot and have settled on a novel idea (I've got several in my head), and have gotten it well underway.

2) By this time next year, I will have found a writing group to support me in my efforts, and be settled into a routine for doing the work regularly.

3) By this time next year, I will have written something I am willing to share with my agent.  (Ack!)

How about you?  Declare your three wishes here, and ask other She Writers to hold you accountable.  I know that this is one of the places where I will get the support, and the gentle hounding, that I need in the year to come.  That is certainly one of the things She Writes is for, and I can't tell you how good it feels to to know that, now that I am ready, it's here.

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Comment by Karoline Barrett on July 3, 2012 at 1:54pm

1. Have my first novel published (maybe by She Writes Press)

2. Finish my second novel which I am 3 chapters into now

3. Have my second novel published

Comment by Gaele Hi on July 3, 2012 at 11:39am

I've tossed about trying to narrow to three. But here goes 

1> build the audience for my blog, which will strengthen my writing chops

2> gather enough courage to submit writing for pay ( stories, articles, etc )

3> develop an outline, plot points and a viable end for my first novel. 

Comment by Karen Lynne Klink on April 3, 2012 at 8:50am

Finish the final draft of my YA novel, write the query and submit it to an agent.

Keep my blog going and make it better.

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Comment by Jennifer Wimsatt on March 8, 2012 at 7:45pm

Mine are:

1) Start the novel that has been circling around in my head for about 2 weeks now

2) Barring the novel coming to fruition, at least write something creative about the idea that I have

3) Actually figure out how to develop a character even it is based on me and my life

Comment by Carson Gleberman on July 28, 2011 at 1:23pm

Adding on to Jennifer Sullivan Corkern's encouraging quotes, here's one from Gustave Flaubert: "Be regular and orderly in your life, so that you may wild and original in your work." 

1. I will become habitual in setting and keeping writing hours. It took a year, but I did it for a weekly yoga class. Writing is just as challenging and sustaining and necessary for me as yoga.

2. I will find or start a neighborhood writers' group (NYC UWS - any takers/recommenders?) for non-fiction so I have some externally-enforced deadlines.

3. I will have completed a first draft of my book, and decided how to e-publish it. 

Thanks, Kami, and you go, girl!

Comment by Sandra Miller on July 26, 2011 at 12:54pm

Let me think, by this time next year I want to:

1. have had my second book published;

2. have had at least one of my books touch the lives of many;

3. have a better understanding of social media and how I can use that platform to encourage and inspire others with my writing.

Comment by Om In Mom on July 23, 2011 at 5:40am

Love this inspiring post. My 3 wishes (can I really only have three?) are:

  1. To keep my blog true to myself and passionate, and to post regularly (twice a month). 
  2. To have published two articles in magazines.
  3. To have written a beautiful story for my nephew.
Comment by Sue Barsby on July 18, 2011 at 6:57am

Wow, you all seem so much further on than me!

1, To have established a writing routine

2, to have actually shared something I've written out loud at my newly created writing group

3, to have something finished to a standard for submission - ie to have received my first rejection slip!


Then I think I can move onto bigger (and better?) things.


Comment by D. L. Cocchio on July 16, 2011 at 3:10pm

My three wishes would be something like this...

1. To capture the attention of the agent that is a perfect match for me out there somewhere and sign with them.

2.  To be able to see my completed young adult paranoramal manuscript in print.

3. To finish writing the second book in my new series.

Comment by Linda Gartz on July 16, 2011 at 1:30pm

Thanks for posting your wishes. I am working on family history/memoir -- and have hundreds of documents including letters and diaries from and to my grandparents, by parents, my uncle (250 WWII letter)  to go through ( and in some cases, first get deciphered from a 19th Century unreadable German script, then I must translate from readable German to English) ) to move ahead. So it's been slow-going. I've written about 150,000 words, but not happy with direction. For my next year my wishes are to :

1) get a decent first draft of the memoir that I can shop around and/or

2) get familiar enough with e-book publishing to publish it myself

3) be savvy about social media and marketing to establish connections both with my memoir and my blog, www.familyarchaeologist, which highlights the story of my family told through their writing and documents. Whew!

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