|Weber State's Nontraditional Student|
Literary Journal T-shirt design for the year.
Life has been crazy the past few months. I was on the right track. Working with a writing group weekly, a president for chapter of a professional writing organization, and a managing editor for a student literary journal are all things that should have meant I was doing something right. Right? I have what (I think) most writers would dream of if they were trying to build their resume. Yet over the past few months I’ve lacked something: Perseverance.
|I'm the President of the Wasatch Writer's Chapter now.|
I stopped writing with my writing group and blogging weekly a few months back. Why? I could give you all sorts of reasons. I got busy with school. I worked on my addiction recovery. Our house flooded. But none of them strike at the real heart of what is going on with me: “I’m not making writing a priority.” I haven’t blogged, I haven’t worked on anything new, nor I haven’t been to my writing group, because I haven’t made them priorities anymore. And if I want to be a professional one day, I need to incorporate writing into my daily life in a healthy way.
So after two attempts at Camp NaNoWriMo this year with spectacular failures, I’m signed up for the Official NaNoWriMo event this year again. I did it because I need a community to help me make my writing a priority again.
|A twitter writing community.|
|Another Online writing community.|
This also supports me for the most important goal of my young writing career at this point. Preparing to go to Clarion West. At the end of the month I’ll be taking one of the pieces that I have done and polishing it up to send in to Clarion West to see if they will accept me as one of the writers in their 2013 workshop.
|Read this book!|
I will graduate in a year, and at that point I'll need to be working full time and doing writing on the side until I publish. If I wait longer to attempt to go to Clarion, I'll be professional and Clarion wants us as writers before they we are seasoned professionals. So I am going to take the plunge and learn from the masters this summer.
Of course this is all based upon whether or not my stories are good enough. This is where you the few who are still paying attention to this blog come in. I need people to help me hone my work. If you would be willing to help me with it I would appreciate it if you would leave me a comment below letting me know you would like to help me critic some of the stories I come up with. Usually I wouldn’t ask for help, but there are eighteen slots for Clarion each year. And I need all the help I can get to figure out what I can do to make my stories the best I can.
As always thanks for reading. And I’ll be back on Monday to tell you how I’m doing for NaNoWriMo and fill you in on where I am with the goals I have established thus far. This is the OG, Peace Peoples!