Monday, December 29, 2014

Writing Achievements from 2014

Children's author Julie Hedlund challenged participants of her 12 Days of Christmas for Writers series to post their writing successes on their blogs this year. She believes the way New Year's resolutions are traditionally made come from a place of negativity - what DIDN'T get done or achieved in the previous year.  Instead, she suggests we set goals for the new year that BUILD on our achievements. With that in mind, I've been thinking about my writing achievements from 2014:

1. In January, I signed up for Julie Hedlund's 12 x 12 (12 picture books in 12 months), with the goal of writing more picture book manuscripts. Although I didn't write one for each month, I did write more manuscripts than I would have otherwise. Most importantly, I re-discovered how much I love writing picture books!!

2. During the summer, I finished a draft of a new middle grade novel that I wrote "just for fun".

3. I also participated in Teachers Write with Kate Messner, Jen Vincent and Gae Polisner, which was a lot of fun and helped me with the new (still untitled) novel I wrote. 

4. I watched and worked through the PlotWriMo video series by literary agent Jill Corcoran and the "Plot Whisperer" Martha Alderson, to develop a deeper understanding of the process of revision.

5. In the fall, I revised another middle grade novel, Wild Girl Genius, the story of a city girl who stumbles into a wilderness adventure trip.

6. I attended CANSCAIP's Packaging Your Imagination conference to learn more about writing and connect with other writers and illustrators. 

7. In November, I participated in PiBoIdMo (Picture Book Idea Month) organized by author Tara Lazar, and I completed the challenge by coming up with one idea every day.

8. I also bravely tweeted my pitch for Wild Girl Genius on #PitMad: When a TV wilderness show audition goes horribly wrong, city-girl Jade must use all her survival skills to get home alive.

When I took time to think about all of my writing-related accomplishments from 2014, it surprised me a little. In many ways, 2014 was a difficult year, yet I still managed to continue to develop and grow as a writer. What did you accomplish this year? I hope you feel good about your writing and reading successes!


9 comments:

  1. I think Julie has a point here. Great idea! YA for your revitalization for PB writing! And Jill C. is amazing... Wishing you lots is success during 2015!

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    1. Thank you! I hope we all have even more success in 2015!

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  2. If I were an agent, I would have favorited that PitMad pitch. You've got a great list here. :)

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    1. Aw...thanks Christie. I hope we both have an even better list in 2015.

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  3. Congrats on your 2014 accomplishments! It's always helpful to look back and see what you've powered through for the year. Good luck in 2015!

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    1. Thank you! I hope you have an amazing 2015!

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  4. That's really true about resolutions normally coming from a place of negativity. You've made nice accomplishments in 2014! Here's to a great 2015.

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    1. Thank you. I didn't realize what I'd done until I stopped to think about it. It's a good exercise. Wishing you a fantastic 2015 too!

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  5. Wow! Look at all you accomplished this year. It is amazing to see it all listed together. Great job!

    Wishing you a happy 2015!
    ~Jess

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