With the new year right around the corner, this is the time when I reflect on what I accomplished in 2009 and what I hope to accomplish in 2010.
The best thing I did for my writing this year was to take an online fiction class from Gotham Writers' Workshop. The ten-week course set up the structure I needed to explore various aspects of writing, and I received valuable feedback on assignments from the instructor and my classmates. I accomplished far more than I would have on my own. It's too easy to move writing time to the bottom of the to-do list, but the Gotham class helped me sit down and focus. Having set assignments and deadlines made all the difference. The success and encouragement I received from that class is great motivation to take another Gotham course in 2010. Now I just have to choose which one!
And as I started thinking about what I might try to accomplish this next year, I decided to look to The Writer's Web site to see if I could find some inspiration close to home. Right away, I found an article I think will help fire me up for 2010: "Keep in writing shape" by Michael P. Geffner. A successful writer and journalist, Geffner offers 10 important building blocks for writing success. His advice, gleaned from personal experience, is practical, straight to the point and well worth the read. In fact, I thought that one piece of his advice would be a great credo for everything I want to accomplish in 2010: "... [B]e proactive ... Action breeds action! It also adds up: A single 'positive' every day builds to 365 in a year!"
Wish me luck (and lots of energy)!
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