by Laura Michelle Thomas, Author of Polly Wants to Be a Writer
As I look back on 2013, I can’t believe how much writing I got done. It’s all a blur now, and I wonder how on earth between being a wife, mom, and just generally busy lady, how I managed to write for my clients, write for the LTC website, edit jaBlog!, write Polly Wants to Be a Writer, two additional novel manuscripts, and my first Polly workbook.
I’ve been on a much needed vacation this holiday season, and I haven’t written a thing, other than some scribbles in our family travel journal and some random notes on scrap paper about why holidays extend the moments of our lives by giving us more stories to tell and remember. But now as 2013 boils down to its final syrupy hours, I can’t help but think about all the young writers I have had the pleasure of interacting with this year and wonder what 2014 holds for them, for you.
My biggest hope for this next year is that no matter where you are on your writing journey, you will find in our little corner of the web a place to relieve your frustrations and be inspired to push on. Of all the arts, our is the toughest because it is the least appreciated. Readers (unless they are writers) don’t really know how words get from the imagination to the printed page. We sweat blood, usually with no idea if anyone will read our art. Writing makes us wheeze and sputter. They have no clue how tough it is. But, whatever, we press on.
Not sure you can? Does breaking into print seem impossible? Ready to toss your keyboard out the window? Here are ten reasons to keep writing in 2014.
1. It keeps you out of trouble. You know it.
2. You love words, so don’t cut them out of your life. They love you too.
3. There are so many other subjects you haven’t even tried writing about yet. They deserve a chance to have your stamp on them.
4. There are forms and genres that you haven’t tried yet. You have to give those a go before you give up.
5. You may have a bestseller in you. The right story marketed at the right time can be a massive hit.
6. It gives you a great excuse to buy a new computer in 2014.
7. It’s more fun than watching TV.
8. You get to be other people, animals, aliens, or whatever you like, without the embarrassment that comes with being an actor.
9. It’s an expression of freedom and individuality. I can’t overstate how valuable those two aspects of existence are for a human being. Embrace them.
10. Given the choice, what else would you do with the next 365 days? You’d write. I know you would. So do it. You have nothing to lose. Writing makes you smarter.
The LTC family and I wish you a word-full 2014 and look forward to reading your submissions and contest entries this coming year and beyond.