I'm just gonna say it right now: 2012 is going to be My Year.
How do I know? Because I'm going to make it My Year. Just like I did with 2011.
Here's how I made 2011 My Year:
- I wrote. Every. Single. Day.
- I blogged. A lot.
- I read. A lot.
- I finished THE TRAVELERS.
- I met handfuls, bunches, and scads of amazing, kind, and brilliant writers.
- I got very, very lucky, and some of those writers agreed to critique TT. I listened to their suggestions for how to make it better. Then I made it better.
- I attended WriteonCon in August.
- I learned how to write a query letter. And a synopsis. And a two sentence pitch. And a one sentence pitch. And a Twitter pitch. And a logline. And I learned how to make a first page sparkle.
- I sent almost a hundred queries and entered lots of blog contests for TT. I even got some requests!
- I learned to deal with rejection. A LOT of rejection. (I even cried the ugly cry!) Then I learned to accept that no matter what, it's not easy.
- I started writing ONE as soon as the first query went out on TT.
- I got super, extra, turbo lucky, and some of those writers became dear friends to me (and Aunties to my kids!)
- I wrote ONE much better than I wrote TT, in more ways than I can count.
- I decided to stop querying TT. (That hurt. A lot.)
- I critiqued six-ish projects from other writers while I was doing all of the above.
- I assembled an amazing team of 6 (six!) critique partners in two rounds for ONE (hi ladies, I love you all so much.)
- I started revising ONE according to their suggestions.
"But, Leigh Ann," you might say. "You didn't sign with an agent, or sell a book, or or or or or."
Nope. I sure didn't. Would I have liked to? Absolutely. I mean, yeah. That would have put me over the moon.
But I took every single step I had to in order to get there.
I learned, I pushed myself, I worked my butt off, I failed (kind of spectacularly,) I learned some more, I worked my butt off some more.
So, how am I going to make sure that 2012 is My Year?
I'm going to do exactly the same thing.
More specifically, here's what's on tap in my writing world for 2012:
- Revise and polish ONE.
- Write, rewrite, and rewrite again all the queries, pitches, and other agent-seeking accouterments for ONE.
- Query and contest the heck out of ONE.
- Attend WriteOnCon.
- Outline manuscript #3.
- Write manuscript #3.
- Rewrite, revise, and polish manuscript #3
- Attend SCBWI NYC (okay, I know that's technically 2013, throw me a bone. I'm excited.)
- Read a lot.
- Blog a lot.
- Critique a lot.
- Write. Every. Single. Day. (except maybe the day that I'm supposed to help this new little human get out of my body. But I'm sure I get a pass for that, right? And honestly probably I'll write that day too. Labor can get boring.
Will I get requests for ONE?
Probably, though I wouldn't place bets on it.
Am I going to sign with an agent?
Will I sell a book?
Will I attain widespread fame and fortune?
In a parallel universe, maybe.
But that's okay. Because I know I'm trying my absolute hardest to get there.
So, what about you? Will 2012 be YOUR year?
The only one who can decide whether 2012 will be your year is you. And, as Sugar says, no one is going to give you a thing. You have to go out and get it for yourself.
So, if you want 2012 to be your year, my dear writing loves, then set your mind to buckling down and getting to work. Make it happen no matter what. Because you're the only one who really can.
Now, please tell me, because I really want to know. How are you going to make sure 2012 is Your Year?