Children's author Julie Hedlund, challenged participants of her 12 Days of Christmas for Writers series to post SUCCESSES (rather than resolutions) on our blogs this year. (http://www.juliehedlund.com/12days)
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 from the previous one. I decided to participate in this Anti-Resolution Revolution! Here is my list for 2019.
1. Joined and completed three classes through Storyteller Academy.
2. Continually reached out and participated in further learning opportunities, including webinars and PBChat sessions.
3. Read books and completed exercises to improve my manuscripts and my craft!
4. Actively participated in two critique groups.
5. Consciously worked on increasing my social media presence and Twitter following and have reached 500+ Twitter followers.
6. Developed many more relationships within the writing community.
7. Came out of my comfort zone further by allowing myself to be vulnerable by putting myself and my writing out in the world.
8. Kept up with writing monthly blog posts to continue to build my platform.
9. Submitted existing manuscripts to contests.
10. Wrote and submitted new manuscripts to contests, challenging myself to get my point across in much fewer words!
11. Grieved through my attachment to my words and thoroughly and repeatedly edited my three manuscripts.
12. Came to the point of acceptance and enjoyment of the slow, grueling process of writing for traditional publishing.
13. Bravely wrote this blog!!