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Only six days into the new year and I feel like my writing is on fire! Or maybe it NEEDS to be set on fire so I can start over? I'm a talkative person. I also read. A lot. I'm used to being around words. You would think a person like me could put those two endeavors together and be able to tell a good story. Or at least write one down. But it takes just the right words strung together to create something the world wants to see. Otherwise it's just vomiting words on paper for a personal, warm fuzzy feeling.
Julie Hedlund made the decision (and a rather tough one I'm sure) to expand what her 12 X 12 program will offer writers in 2013. If you are just waking up to the new year and have no idea what I'm talking about, take a moment to go check out her post here ...I'll wait.
Like all new improvements to an already fabulous program, there are some bumps in the road, some fine tuning to be done, and Julie was burning it up yesterday trying to get everyone registered and linked to the closed Facebook group (12 X 12). I should know as I was one of those people having just a bit of difficulty getting everything to work. But that should be expected sometimes and certainly well worth the wait when you realize the fabulous benefits coming from joining.
I mean where else will a small time writer like myself on an even smaller budget have the chance to learn from industry leaders, get my work critiqued, be able to polish query letters with the help of others, AND have the chance to get my stories directly into the hands of agents/editors while bypassing the slush pile? Now, I admit it took some heavy meditating on the decision to join...not because it wasn't worth every penny (despite some comments from a few people who seemed a tad upset Julie requested a small fee for all that will be available), but because I had to come to terms with just where I was in my writing career.
Am I really serious about taking something I've been doing for the past 40+ years to the next level? Do I even have some type of writing talent to begin with? Are there stories in my portfolio polished and ready to be submitted for an agent's or editor's review? All it takes is one word to change my life...yes...and I can potentially get a little bit closer to following the footsteps of some children's book authors I have admired all my life.
Just one word and a leap of faith in myself. Not so hard when I really think about it. And what a way to start out the new year! What about you? Are you ready for the next level...whatever that level may be? Are you ready to take your writing more seriously and give yourself a chance to connect with the world in a whole new way? All it takes is one little word...