Happy New Year everyone and welcome to 2016!
I hope you have all started the year with a wonderful bang of good fortune and good times! You’ve probably noticed that the YA Bookcase has had a bit of a revamp – let me know what you think of the new style!
As this is the first post of the year that I’m writing, I wanted to look at firsts, so I’m going to begin with first books:
Quite often, writers can get swept up in the technical aspects of craft, the hunt for an agent, the goal of getting a publisher, and more. However, it’s all too easy to forget that first book you wrote. And that first book is important. Whether you are writing it now, or you’re three books ahead, it doesn’t matter. What counts is what that first book means.
It means passion. It means excitement. It means expression. And it means you had a story burning so brightly inside of you it wouldn’t and couldn’t be put out.
As you progress through your writing journey, remember that not everything is a competitive rat race to get into the publishing world. Yes, most of us want a book deal (but not all of us), but that isn’t the only reason we write (for most of us anyway). We started because there was something that excited us so much we dedicated 50,000, 100,000, 200,000 words to it.
So as we enter this new year, I urge you to keep a hold of that passion. To remember that every word you write is a gift to yourself. That every word you create should feed your soul. And that with every new year you should relish the incredible art in which you’ve become embroiled.
For all those first time novelists and all those seasoned writers – keep your first passion alive, because that is truly how you express yourself.
Let’s remember to keep the art, the soul and the life in what we do.
Happy new writing for 2016!