Everyday Adventures: New Writing Endeavors in 2017

Happy New Year! I hope you all had lovely breaks for the Holidays, and are looking forward to 2017.

I am embarking on two new writing endeavors for 2017. The first is teaching a Creative Writing class to seniors this semester. I can’t wait to work with this group of students. I have been told they are fun, talented and amazing, and I am honored to be able to work with them! I am quite sure I will learn as much from them as I hope they learn from me.

My second writing endeavor will be attending my first-ever writing conference this winter. As an introvert, I sometimes default to working on my writing at my little desk in my little room, and have a hard time reaching out to the wider community. I treasure my membership in MN-NICE, the Minnesota chapter of ACFW, but this conference will be my first venture beyond MN-NICE. Many thanks to the encouraging, kind, and supportive members of MN-NICE who have given me the courage to take this next step.

“The best advice I can give on this is, once it’s done, to put it away until you can read it with new eyes. When you’re ready, pick it up and read it, as if you’ve never read it before. If there are things you aren’t satisfied with as a reader, go in and fix them as a writer: that’s revision.”                                   Neil Gaiman

In preparation for the conference, I will be reading and revising my first fifty pages, as well as working on an updated query letter. The check for the conference is in the mail, the date is on my calendar, and my work is cut out for me. I will keep you posted on my progress!

What new endeavors are you embarking on in 2017? Is there a way I can support you?

Thank you for reading, and blessings to you in 2017.