Taking a break from writing my YA Paranormal first draft, I hopped over to see what (one of) my fav YA authors was up to. Laurie Halse Anderson focuses more on writing her books, than blog posts, which I truly admire. But, Here’s a post she shared back in September, 2012 that got me thinking.
Yes, I’ve been struggling with my own creativity doubts, droughts and bouts of frustration. Some bouts and droughts last long. Too long. And then, I start to think… “Am I REALLY a writer? Or am I posing as a writer because that’s what everyone THINKS I am?” Have I been at this writing thing too long with not much to show for it? It’s depressing. It’s defeating. Anyone else with me on this?
So, reading Laurie’s post about giving herself 5 years to make a name for herself in writing gave me an idea. What if I started right now? Like, took it seriously. 5 years from now, I can have a book published. 5 years from now, my oldest son will be a freshman in college, my younger guy will be a freshman in high school. They’d both be pretty independent and not need Mom around as much as they do now. I could go on a book tour! Ha! O.K. One.Thing.At.A.Time.
Finish first draft.
Submit my piece to my crit group TODAY. (eek!)
Meet with said crit group on Wednesday.
Critique one more story on CritiqueCircle.com
Complete first draft for Anthology 7 & post on CritiqueCircle.com
Where will you be in 5 years with your writing? With your life?
Written to the musical muse of: A Fine Frenzy – “Almost Lover”
Movie I’m psyched to see: Warm Bodies
Book I’m reading: well, just finished Anne Lamott’s Plan B: Further Thoughts on Faith