Write well. Write often. Edit wisely.
My thanks to all who visited the blog this past year. I hope you found what you needed, information and tips to help as you wrote and edited your way through the year and your manuscripts.
I hope that you are saying goodbye to 2016 with satisfaction, confident that your endeavors were successful. And I hope you’re turning toward 2017 with enthusiasm, with new and creative ideas, and with the skills you’ll need to write, edit, and publish all the stories pushing and prodding at you.
Before rushing into tasks and goals for 2017, be sure to celebrate the successes and milestones you achieved in 2016. Did you begin a new book? Finish one? Take a writing course? Present a topic at a writer’s group? Learn to critique? Study elements of the craft? Meet your word-count goals? Win NaNoWriMo? Discover a new author or genre?
Even if you didn’t meet all your writing and publishing goals, it’s likely that you met some. So celebrate that you are beyond where you were at this time last year. Celebrate each of your accomplishments. Write them down if you need the visual reminder.
I lift my glass with you and to you. Congratulations on goals met and goals worked at. I encourage you to do what’s necessary in 2017 to meet goals you didn’t meet this past year. Revise those goals or plan to rework your schedule if that’s what it will take to focus on your writing next year.
But don’t think that you must write all day every day in order to be successful. Give yourself a well-rounded life; writers don’t have to cut themselves off from the world in order to be successful. In fact, writers could use more familiarity with the world, not less. And editors certainly need to have a wide knowledge base.
Say goodbye to 2016 with fondness and turn toward 2017 with anticipation. A new year awaits—may it be profitable for you in all ways and by every measure.
If you want to, share your successes with the rest of us.