I recently submitted a short story to Kayelle Press for their Night Terrors anthology. It is part of my new determination to start sending my work out into the world. Until now, I've been keeping my writing private, not sharing much of it with others. I've been letting that nasty, deceiving voice in my head whisper into my mind and tell me that I might not be good enough. That voice has made me afraid to really try, afraid to let my work be exposed in a way that will tell me one way or another whether or not my writing is good enough.
But I know that voice is a liar. That same voice used to tell me, when I was morbidly obese, that I would never be able to lose all of that extra weight. And then I did. I lost over 145 lbs. and reached a tiny and healthy weight, despite that voice telling me that I couldn't do it. So I know that voice lies.
So I am going to be taking risks with my writing now, letting my writing be sent out there into the world and into the publishing industry and we will see what happens. The worst that can happen is that my writing isn't good enough yet, and that just means I will have to continue improving it. It doesn't mean I will give up, because I never will.
So I am setting myself some goals for 2012, goals that will keep me writing.
1 - I am going to submit and average of one short story a month to publishers or competitions.
2 - I am going to finish writing and editing at least one of the four novels I have started writing.
3 - I am going to share some new writing here on this blog, maybe one new piece a month (more if I can swing it).
4 - I am going to be publishing a little bit on my own. I have three cookbooks in mind that I intend to complete for Kindle and ebook formats.
5 - I am going to make writing a priority and write a minimum of 500 words a day.
6 - I am going to start sending my children's stories (I have written four) out to agents and/or publishers.