Reflections on 2009…better late than never.

2009 was an incredible year of writing for me.  Even though it makes me feel a little weird and self-conscious, I think it’s important to reflect on what I accomplished before 2010 really gets rolling.

I finished a first draft of my first YA novel

I queried and successfully acquired a literary agent

I revised my YA novel, not once, not twice, but really and truly about five times.  It needed it.  And in the process I was reminded of what a sucker I am for my own first drafts….always have been

I helped start and became part of a group of YA writers who live in Maine

I read a lot of great books and blogs; some writing related, some not

I started my second YA novel and have written about a third of the first draft

Finally, I’ve learned a lot about myself as a writer, about the publishing business and most importantly the patience required for all aspects of a fulfilling writing life.

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3 thoughts on “Reflections on 2009…better late than never.

  1. Hi! And congratulations on what sound like an amazingly productive year! Hope 2010 brings only sweet things and good news!

    If you have a minute, I invite you to visit my blog where I’m chronicling a publishing experiment. If you start with the Blog Launch Posting on November 4, you’ll see the plan. Perhaps something I’m doing will be of help to you.

    Meanwhile, thanks again for sharing your inspirational 2009 accomplishments.

    All the best,
    Cheri

  2. Shashi,

    I enjoyed reading as you reflected upon your wonderful accomplishments. Congratulations on your first book, and I send you heartfelt well wishes for your second!

    Cheers to 2010!

    Tina Bommarito-Kent

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