Happy New Year! As I posted a couple weeks back, I took a holiday break from my blog in order to spend time with family and finish a draft of my senior thesis. I managed to finish that draft yesterday, so I am happy to have that pressure off my shoulders for the moment. If you happen to have particular interest in the ways old Japanese literature reflects the historical realities of a woman's status and lifestyle in Heian and Kamakura Japan, let me know. Otherwise, let's talk about the coming year.
I’m sure the internet is packed with reflections on 2017 and resolutions for 2018. It’s hard to resist thinking back to where you were a year ago, and wondering where you might be a year from now. After all, so much can change in those twelve months.
I hadn’t fully realized how much happened to me in 2017 until I really took the time to think it through. A lot has happened personally, both good and bad, but I want to focus this post on the steps I have made towards my writing goals in the past year, and the plans I have to continue on in this next year.
Participating in the online writing world is a blessing and a curse sometimes. I love being involved in a community of writers, readers, agents, and editors. They are wonderful and funny people. However, it also means a near constant flood of news about writers receiving representation and publishing opportunities. When you spend so much time and energy working towards the same goals, it can be difficult to feel congratulatory.
I didn’t receive an offer of representation from a literary agent this past year, but that’s okay. I have plenty of other achievements to be proud of from 2017, now that I take a moment to look back. I wrote two new manuscripts, pitched agents for the first time, started writing short stories again, won fifty pages of feedback as a runner up in Shanna Hughes's contest, and started this blog. I would not have foreseen the majority of that a year ago. Six months ago, I didn’t even think I could be a blogger, but here I am.
I am proud of these achievements, and I will not let the temptation of a future goal detract from them. Instead, I will continue working towards that goal in 2018. I hope to revise and polish my most recent manuscript in preparation for future queries. I look forward to being involved in the Florida Writers Association. I hope to make reading a priority in my life once again, and I look forward to getting my hands on many wonderful books in the coming months. Maybe I will even apply to agent internships after graduation--who knows?
There is so much possibility in a new year, and I don’t wish to hold myself to specific goals. Overall, my goal for 2018 is to keep working towards my dreams, and not let those dreams hold me back from congratulating others. The writing world requires immense patience and effort, and I am so proud of anyone who had accomplishments in 2017, and so hopeful for people going into 2018. Whether your goals are writing-related or not, keep working towards them.
I write YA fantasy and contemporary fiction. This blog is dedicated to thoughts and advice on writing and publishing, as well as various interests related to the world of Young Adult.