Monday, December 28, 2009
BICHOK: 2009 in Review
I love the week between Christmas and New Year's. For me, it's a time to wrap things up, look back and reflect on the past year and look forward to the New Year. It's a time for reflection, tying up loose ends, cleaning and organizing. Starting over with a clean slate gives me hope to do better, be better, strive for better in all areas of my life, especially my writing life.
Before I make my New Year's Writing Resolutions, I've decided to review my achievements in 2009. So much of the time, I worry about the things I haven't done. By listing my accomplishments, I'm not bragging, you understand; I'm reinforcing to myself that I am indeed a "real" writer.
I don't know about you, but I'm always plagued by the doubt demons. Doubts about my writing abilities and capabilities. Like will I be able to pull it off again; will I be able to write another book; will I sell another book--things like that. Succumbing to the doubt demons is detrimental to producing new work. At least, it is for me.
So here's my list of writerly achievements in 2009:
* First and foremost, I started a writing project and finished it. This is huge for me, because I've been in a five-year slump. I plan to submit it mid-January.
* Hosted my two annual BIAM Writathons: April Madness and October Obsession. I like to encourage writers to write.
* Presented my first writing workshop at the Bay Area Writers League Conference in May.
* Gave a presentation to my RWA Chapter in August.
* Was asked to teach an online class, which landed me five classes to be taught in 2010.
* Held three successful book signings.
* Revamped my website.
* Launched this blog which I hope will keep me, as well as others, on track with our writing in the coming year.
* Became a member of a group blog where I've made good friends who have taught me so much about promoting my work.
Hmmm, not too shabby. I do wish I had written more, but writing and finishing that manuscript gives me great confidence that I will be writing much more in 2010.
What were some of your writerly accomplishments in 2009?
Posted by Anne Marie Novark at 11:37 AM