Was 2019 a bumpy ride for you? Or full of smooth turns and gentle curves?
My #Gr8Blogs writerly pals and I are diving deep into a year-end blog hop, December Dreamin’. I’m looking back at my moments and lessons learned from challenges this past year on the writing road.
Check out my personal reveals, meet Critic Cat and Confident Cat, and then visit the #Gr8Blogs linked at the end of this post for more shared recollections and smiles. We hope you'll be inspired to dive into special December Dreams of your own.
The conflict between Critic Cat and Confident Cat was brutal the first half of 2019. Their arguments spun round in my head and wore me down.
I put it down to winter blues on top of moving from our beloved neighborhood of 20 years to our cozy yellow cottage. While grateful for the new home, I felt overwhelmed and inexplicably sad.
Didn’t post much on my blog or newsletter.
Stalled on my adult fiction novel.
Wanted to quit writing altogether more than once.
Sigh. The battle raged …
On the Come Up
I recognized I was burning out and struggled to shake off my funk. It wasn't easy, but here’s what got me going:
Exploring New Ways
Author/Illustrator Rosie Russell and I began collaborating on a new middle-grade book. (We’re up to chapter 22 in our tale about a shy 5th grader who must stand up to a mean girl to keep her friends and reach her dream of entering her horse in the county fair).
Co-writing is a special challenge when working with someone who lives 1,500 miles away. But Rosie is a joy to work with, just as her name implies, and being accountable to another author nudged me back to writing.
Plus, I finally had drafts to share with my local writers’ support group. It was way better to share our chapters instead of berating myself when another month went by without having written a jot for our feedback sessions.
By mid-year, Critic Cat still hounded me, but Confident Cat convinced me to enter the Readers’ Favorite International Book Awards Contest. Waffling until the the deadline, I submitted Sweet T and the Turtle Team.
Six months later ...
Turtle Team scored its third writing award and received a silver medal for children’s books, animal category
Turtle Team won the Wind Dancer Films competition!
That meant my book was being considered for a film or TV movie adaption by a major Hollywood production company. I am still over the moon and goose-bumping! My book adaptation may never come to pass, but I was 99% ahead of other authors, who only dream of getting their books on the silver screen.
As my 2019 roller coaster winds down, Confident Cat has been keeping Critic Cat in the corner.
But I want to be ready when Critic Cat strikes again. That’s the writing road, after all. Having doubts. Constantly striving to be better. Navigating bumps and curves mingled with smooth rides. Keeping going when everything feels hard and progress is slow.
Here’s to more of Confident Cat and readers like YOU, who keep me company on my writing road. Your support means more than you'll ever know. Beyond grateful!
Thanks for stopping by. What are you dreaming about this December as you look back over your year? Please share in the comment section.
But before you go, find more inspirational recollections from my blogging buddies at these #Gr8blogs, coming to you from California and all the way to New Zealand and in between -:D!
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