So 2019 has been over for a while. (Happy belated New Year and Happy belated Valentine’s Day!)
I liked Dallas, but I was ready to go back home. So I took a break from writing my novel and this blog last month as I moved back to my hometown in January. Then it took longer still to get back to writing as I looked for a modest part-time job back home.
Anyways, you can see there’s a lot going on with me. But most important are my writing goals. A few are the same from last year when I started this blog. But others are new and ambitious and I can’t wait to succeed at them this year!
You could call this my 2020 vision.
Finish and Edit The Miranda Legends: The Terror of El Cuco
Allow me to introduce the brand-new title of the book! Calling it The Mirandas and the Evil of El Cuco just didn’t do it. (Then again, even this title is tentative.) Constance Hale’s Sin and Syntax has been a good read, and I recommend it for anyone who’s looking to improve their writing! I know it’ll come in handy when it’s time to edit.
I’d also love to work with beta readers – people who will read and critique your book – while I’m editing. For me, the book should not only read well to people, but also bring a lot of tension and emotion. If you’re a beta reader and you want to take a look at my completed book, hit me up. I’m also on Twitter.
Build Up this Blog and My Audience
Maybe my audience building will go along with being published in blogs and magazines (see below). And I know it won’t just come from Twitter, where I spend a good chunk of my Internet time. Whatever the case, though, I’d love to build up this blog’s audience and get it highly ranked in Google. Besides, I’ve been off here for a month so I’ll need to make up for that lost time.
Basically, I want this blog to get in front of more people! Comment on my posts and share this blog to your heart’s content if you like it!
Build Up a Travel Writing Career
I’ve tried to get into copywriting, and even thought of writing magazine articles in things I’m interested in (like Linux, retro video games, etc.) But I don’t know, writing for marketing just… doesn’t do it for me. I’ve never been a saleswoman and don’t have the extroversion needed to be one. I also think that whatever article idea I come up with for a magazine will have already been done somewhere else.
But I’m an adventurer and traveler at heart. I’ve gone to several places with my family before. We have family in San Antonio, so we’ve been there and New Braunfels to go to Schlitterbahn. Old Tucson is a favorite of my dad’s. We went there around 2009-ish and again last year in July 2019.
I’ve also seen the sea. The east coast in Disney World, the west coast in San Diego, the Gulf Coast in Galveston and South Padre Island, the coast of Puerto Rico, and the ocean on a Disney cruise. Every time, it’s breathtaking. There’s nothing like that crisp ocean air, the waves crashing around you, the fizzing sea foam, the sand…
That’s already a ton of material for travel writing! But from what I’ve learned from a successful travel writer’s story, it’s best to start small, at home. So now I’m looking for events and attractions around my town – and the neighboring towns – to get some good writing material to pitch to local magazines. And there’s plenty of interesting places and magazines, which is good news for me!
An adventurous, profitable life of travel writing… that’s quite the dream. But just the fact that Theresa St. John in the linked story could do it is good enough reason to chase that dream!
Get Published in at Least Two Literary Journals
Thanks to a Twitter friend named Alex Tucker’s review, I recently found a freelance writer’s magazine called Freedom With Writing. And thanks to Freedom With Writing, I was able to find Theresa St. John’s story and their sister magazine, Authors Publish. Both magazines will vet and share paying publishers with their audiences. I’ve been subscribed to both for about a week now and gotten a deluge of writing info and legit magazines to pick from!
But more importantly, what I found in Authors Publish was an ebook called Submit, Publish, Repeat by Emily Harstone. In the book, she makes a great case for submitting material to literary journals, guides you on writing and submitting, and gives you tips to pick good literary journals. And I’m glad to have read all of it because I know now that following her advice will give me a better chance to be noticed by agents and get published! It’s better than submitting a thousand queries and having a thousand-and-one chance of being accepted.
It only makes sense that agents will have more confidence in you if you have a track record of published work when you approach them. That’s why this is a new priority to me.
Well, you can see I have a lot to do this year! But I’m excited for it! I’ll leave you with a very inspiring tweet for the new year and beyond:
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