Assessing 2012 accomplishments
Here are some questions to ask yourself about 2012:
- Have you sent out your work during the past year?
- What creative and submission strategies worked for you? What didn’t work for you?
- Were there any obstacles that prevented you from having the creative life you wanted?
Planning for 2013
- What can you do to increase your opportunities for success in 2013? This could include finishing first drafts, finishing revisions, crafting queries, setting up a submissions manager spreadsheet, attending workshops and conferences to meet agents and editors, etc.
- In what ways could you overcome last year’s obstacles?
What I Learned in 2012
I’m big on goals and assessments — they’ve been a staple of my corporate life for decades. (Yes, I have a day job.) Answering the above questions for myself, I’ve learned that:
- Exclusive submissions to agents and editors haven’t worked for me.
- Engaging in a regularly scheduled writing practice has worked well. I’m constantly creating new material.
- Reading, reading, reading is a good thing.
- Teaching as an adjunct has enabled me to nurture young talent and gives me a reason to read, read, read. In 2012, I taught Introduction to Children’s Literature and Advanced Creative Writing at a local university. In 2013, so far, I’m teaching Effective Business Writing and Introduction to Creative Writing at the same university.
- Attending the annual Association of Writers & Writing Programs conference was inspirational and spurred me to expand The Whole Megillah to poetry and memoir. In 2013, I’m chairing a panel, “The Whole Megillah: The Jewish Experience in Children’s Literature,” featuring fellow Vermont MFA alumnae Sarah Aronson, Sarah Lamstein, Micol Ostow, and Meg Wiviott.
- Traveling, especially to Jewish sites, adds dimension and depth to my writing. I’m still writing about my 2008 trip to Poland and my 2011 trip to Prague.
- Participating in getaways and retreats gets me to write and revise. I need them to get the job done.
What’s Your Megillah?
What have you learned during 2012 and what are your plans for 2013? Please share.