2013 is the year when I decided I wanted to be a writer.
Not the year that I decided that I wanted to write books—that was many years ago. But the year that I decided I wanted to write.
My usual pattern has been to write a book, revise it, and sell it. Then begin next book. That pattern is, at best, one-third writing and two-thirds waiting. And the goal isn’t to be a waiter.
So, to change things up, 2013 was the year I said “Yes” to all writing opportunities that came my way.
“Do you want to write an article for my magazine?”
Followed by: “Would you like to write some short stories?”
Followed by: “Would you like to write an educational e-book?”
Followed by speaking gigs, Skype visits, and Twitter Chat. And because why not, I put my name in to instruct at a week-long writer’s conference.
2013 is the year I learned that writer’s write. Each opportunity led to another opportunity, which will hopefully lead to more in 2014.
For most of us, the Big Break is a myth. Waiting to be noticed, waiting for that one chance, waiting for Powerball–waiting is not going to make things happen. I think, instead, it’s all about accepting the little breaks which will build up to help us become that thing we’ve dreamed of becoming.
Have a happy New Year. Make 2014 everything you want it to be.