Friday, January 02, 2009

One Thing

"Times are bad. Children no longer obey their parents, and everyone is writing a book." ~ Cicero [106 B.C. to 43 B.C.]

I'm not much for New Year's resolutions since I rarely keep them. Instead, I challenge myself to do one thing differently with my writing every new year. Some of these decisions have been ambitious. In 1995, I began sending queries to magazines and my first feature article was published in Dog World. In 1996, I began studying with best-selling author Natalie Goldberg. In 2000, I began teaching. In 2003, Write Now Newsletter was born. In 2006, I went to graduate school to study writing. In 2008, I completed a book manuscript and began sending it to agents.

In other years, my New Year's decision has been more simple. I've chosen to add more time to my writing schedule or adopted a new attitude about my writing. This year I'm joining a group of other Goddard College M.F.A. graduates to study writing informally on-line.

What will you do with the new year? Will you surf over to the recently updated on-going writing groups, and choose one to attend? Will you finish that short story you started in 2004? Or will you move your entire family across the country to study writing?

Whatever you choose, I'd love to hear about it. Feel free to post a response by clicking on the word "comments" at the bottom of the article.

Happy 2009 everyone, and happy writing.

(c)Nita Sweeney, 2009, all rights reserved

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Dawn said...

I'm going to think long and hard about getting an MFA (the expense scares me -- I have $40,000+ in student loans already) because I am interested in teaching opportunities down the line. I'm going to sit tight and not fret too much about the agent shopping my proposal. I'm going to try for some grants. (it felt scary just to type that!)

Kat Good-Schiff said...

Great topic. I was just thinking today about how I want to start writing more short fiction (I mostly write poetry) and feel like I don't know how to begin. I decided to start the way I started with poetry when I went to grad school: by reading a lot of the genre I want to write in, and then writing a lot of practice and derivitive pieces until I find my groove. So, here it is - I resolve to read and write as many short stories as possible.