The end of the year always makes me reflect on what I’ve accomplished. In the day-to-day grind, you lose sight of all the things you get done, because you just check it off and move to the next thing. My list isn't all that bad:
- 1st novel published (traditionally) in July
- completed the first draft of a novella
- almost finished the first draft of a second novel (it WILL be done by the 31st)
- started the first two chapters of a novel in a different genre
- wrote the first chapter of a novel in a third genre
- completed seven courses in a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing program
- stepped up blogging and social media
I also had a lot of other firsts: a good review, an average review, a submission to a contest, an in-person sale of a print book, a book-signing, a sales tax report…and a whole bunch more.
My intent here isn’t to brag, but to point out that in order to succeed, you have to put yourself out there. Is my book an immediate success? No…but very few are, especially for a first-timer. Yet, I’m not letting that stop me. I know I will improve the more I write. I know I’ll get more readers the more I go to book fairs, participate in blog events, and engage in social media. I know I’ll have more time to write once I finish my degree.
I know 2019 and beyond looks bright—because I’ll keep pressing forward. So, thank you 2018 for this embarkment point…I’m on a good journey.