All of us at Writers In The Storm wish our loyal reader friends a wonderful holiday season. Below, we've gathered some wishes for you, and a few of our favorite holiday photographs.
I would give our readers confidence.
Writing is brutal, sweat and blood work, and I'll bet even Nora has bouts of wobbly confidence. Crit feedback, agent/pub rejections, pitch sessions -- the opportunity to feel like a hack are legion.
Know that you're not alone, and push through the self-doubt.
Your published book is waiting for you on the other side of that wall!
Julie Glover: They won't fit in your stocking, but I wish you all a circle of faithful supporters. Your circle might come from publishing professionals, personal friends, fellow writers, or close family, but we all need people in our corner to remind us that we're on the right track.
Find, or treasure, those cheerleaders who help you put out your best work, pick yourself up when things go awry, and believe in your stories and ability to write them.
And remember that we at Writers in the Storm are your supporters too. You can do this!
Jenny Hansen: I wish you the gift that makes so many other things possible: Time.
Time can be found, if you know where to look. I found four hours a month with the addition of monthly housekeeping. It is the best $90 I spend every month.
You will find more time in your life by being willing to ask for help. It can be found in making lists, using timers for tasks, and in making ironclad appointments with your writing.
Most important tip, and the hardest for me, time can be found by letting go of "perfect." Letting go of the perfect image-face-body-house-child will save a ton of time in your life. Do your best, work on happiness for you and your family, and let the rest go.
Fae Rowen: If I were one of Santa's elves, I would give all of us more joy in our writing. The joy of creating our own stories and our own characters to share this life's journey. The joy of putting together just the right pieces of a plot to complete the puzzle that is the evolution of our novels. The joy of growing in our craft. The joy of finishing our books. The joy of knowing others will read our words and be inspired by them.
Happy Holidays to you and yours from all of us here at WITS. Writers In The Storm wouldn't be what it is without every one of you. THANK YOU!!
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