What I want for 2017
Well “New Year…New You” so they say. New Year yes, but what is so wrong with the old you? Nothing. Encouragement is all you need. So here you go, 799 words of encouragement. You are just fine the way you are. I know you may not believe it, but you really were on the right track last year. Okay, you are idling on a siding right now, but now is the time to get back on the rails. Pardon the corny train analogies. I happen to know that you find “corny” amusing every now and again.
I noticed that you pulled out that big folder from last year. The one you started in NaNoWriMo. The one that you managed to get six chapters done and then backed away from in fright. What were you so afraid of? Was it that you were frightened of the young villainess? She appeared in a chapter that you had not planned. Interest piqued, you let her talk to you. The more the two of you got to know each other you admitted you liked her. I also know that you seemed to be very upset with yourself for admitting that. Why? She’s a character, for crying out loud! And if I have to say so myself, a damned interesting one to boot! She’s got more to tell you. Listen.
I also am aware that you liked the young male character that you introduced to us, but frustrated that he seemed to be taking the story where you had not planned to go. Maybe it is time to throw out the plans and let the story tell itself. Those characters are knocking on your door again. Time for another get together. You have something here and will regret it if you do not see this thing through. It’s good! Trust me on this one. I really want to know how this thing ends.
When you were not looking, I read that piece you did for your new writing group at the beach. I know you have been hesitant to expose much of your writing to all of them. I have heard you talk about how they intimidate you. I was also at both of the group readings that you were invited to do. Your stuff was very well received. Did you not believe them when they all told you how much they liked your writing? You need to get back into that game too, lady. I want to see you back at that podium doing another reading. By the way, good job conquering your nerves and submitting that story for consideration in the upcoming Anthology.
I have also give some thought to that story and a few of those poems that you want to submit. Good Lord, girl, what are you waiting for? I know that you were stung pretty badly by your last rejection. Time to put on your big girl panties and try again! My only suggestion is this time try multiple submissions. You are not getting any younger, you know. Besides, the more out at one time the better your chances. What have you got to lose? The old commercial say, “Hey, you never know” and you certainly won’t unless you try again. So do it already!
Now don’t take this to mean that you need to shackle yourself to the keyboard and monitor. I know full well you enjoy your time with yarn and needles. I have seen some of the beautiful items you make by simply waggling those thin pieces of steel around and I am amazed! I have also seen you work your way through some kinks in your writing as work your woolly magic. You don’t think I have not seen that notes that are left lying around after some time with a crochet hook and yarn? You do not have to sacrifice one thing for the other. I happen to think that one complements the other. Deep down, you know it too. So yarn on, woman.
Last but not least, keep on visiting that library in town. Read. Read, and then read some more. Those tomes will be your best friends and teachers. I have seen you reading while you are on that treadmill you hate so much. Think of it this way. You are killing two birds with one stone. You’ll learn a bit about writing styles and you’ll make you daily dose of exercising that much more enjoyable.
So there you have it, girl. That is the best advice I have to offer you. The rest is up to you, but know this. I don’t intend to give up on you. I may cut you a bit of slack every now and then, but you will find that I am mostly a nag. You’ll get used to it.