Happy New Year!
2021 has me reassessing and rethinking
what I really want from my work.
Whether you visit from
ISWG or Storystorm crowds,
Whether you are long time reader
or new to my blog,
I hope this post will inspire you to envision what you really want to write.
When you put your mind to it,
You can do anything.
Every January authors and writers jumpstart their year coming up with 30 ideas - about one per day. It's called Storystorm, and this party is on Tara Lazar's blog:
Every first Wednesday of the month, writer bloggers gather to blog about their insecurities and support each other in their writing goals. January's optional question is:
Being a writer, when you're reading someone else's work, what stops you from finishing a book/throws you out of the story/frustrates you the most about other people's books?
Got an answer? Blog about it and join the hop!
Third, Need a Critique Partner?
OK, I had to update my post to add this one - I just found out Janice Hardy is running her Critique Group matchup again!
If you are a writer and don't have a critique group or partner, let me tell you, you need one!
I got another rejection Bingo on my card this month. That means I've gotten 14 rejections out of 24 submissions. More than half!
And here I thought “Silence Means No” was the norm.
I'm not quite ready to send out another round of queries. Most of the rejections were forms. So, I'm going to reexamine my manuscripts and see if I still feel they are as strong as they could be. Which brings me to...
What I really want to Write
I will always write.
I don't care if what I write is
I'm still going to write.
Because I know
writing is creating.
But I'm hoping that someday
in all my writing
I'll write something special,
Something even a gay atheist would read.
That's not derogatory. Hear me out.
I'm a heterosexual Christian. If I wanted to reach someone on the opposite side of the ideological spectrum that would be, honestly, a gay atheist.
I probably could write something of worth to people just like me.
But then everything I write
would make the gay atheist
uncomfortable at best
and vehemently hate me at worst.
That's how a gay atheist makes me feel*
when he writes about how my concept of God
is all in my head,
a story I tell myself.
*(For the record, I feel uncomfortable... I've never vehemently hated anyone.)
But I want to write something more valuable.
To people like me
To people like him
and everyone in between.
I want to dig into my core human experience
past belief systems
so deep that someone who doesn't agree with me in almost every aspect
will feel something when he reads my work.
In other words,
write something truly worthwhile to read.
Because that's where great writing comes from.
I write about, with, for, and around kids all day. (Well, maybe I do the dishes too. Sometimes.)