Thursday, January 7, 2010

Gushing Love Post

It's 2010 and I'm in love all over again. A mad crush, a divine calling to destiny, whatever you want to call it.

It's writing that I can't give up or deny myself. It's reading that spurs me on and sparks my imagination. And what's reading without the writing? If one didn't happen, the other wouldn't exist, and vice versa.

Okay, I'm actually in the thick of re-researching agents (yes, I meant that) and writing query letters. One might think it would be easy to lose inspiration at this point in the writing process, but I'm energized. It's part of the process and like Bill Murray so aptly said, "Baby steps!"

Luckily, there are plenty of online resources for writing queries that make it simultaneously easier and more confusing. Just research until you find the agents you are interested in and send them only what they ask for and nothing more.

Also, here's a good list to follow at Writer's Digest. It's from 2008, but still pretty good advice to keep in mind.

So Happy New Year everyone and stay in love with your writing, even it means baby steps to your goal. Or as Churchill is reported to have said, "Never, never, never, never give up."


Annotated Margins said...

For too many years after I stopped teaching writing, I let the corporate world take over my life. When I finally got wise and escaped, I let my music supersede everything. Last year gave me a renewed taste for writing. I'm hoping to stay at it again with the same passion you have... though I would like to keep a good balance between my writing and my music.

Winter Hansen said...

Cheers to that Mike. Our attempts at balance are often like a swinging pendulum. As time goes by I see the arc of the swing decrease, but instead of slowing down, I hope it's gaining focus on the important things in life. Things that we may have learned in our brains a long time ago, but are at least able to embrace with our hearts. Music and writing are great compliments in that lifelong pursuit.