Celebrate Your Writing!

Hello!

Welcome to the final Writerly Wittering blog post of 2021 – thanks for coming along!

Thanks also if you’re one of the writers who has been checking out all of my blog posts this year. I hope you've found them useful, and that you’ll let me know if there’s ever a topic I can address that may help you.

Winter is definitely here so it’s perfect for hunkering down with our writing, either at home where it’s cosy, or in a coffee shop with a mince pie and hot chocolate.  Personally, I love working in coffee shops, also perfect for people watching and eavesdropping!

We writers can be incredibly self-critical, either of ourselves as writers or of our writing.  A year’s end is the perfect time to turn this on its head and be proud of all we’ve achieved in 2021.

What I am proud of...

Aside from writing four novels, what I’m most proud of is finally completing the distillation of all my writing courses into books with companion workbooks.  It was quite a job, but they’re being really well-received by the writers who buy them. (More info here.)

Another job I’m pleased with myself for getting done is the revamp of all my online writing courses.  Since the start of the pandemic, I've been offering them online instead of face-to-face, so I’ve been adding new content and video, making sure they’re the best they can be for the writers who take them. (More info here.)

What are YOU proud of?

The questions that follow will help you to think about the writing achievements you’re most proud of from 2021:

  1. Name one writing craft skill you have worked on and improved.
  2. What writing routines have you established which you are pleased with?
  3. Name the story/poem(s) you are most proud of.
  4. What are your greatest strengths as a writer?
  5. What can you still get finished before the end of the year?
  6. What's the most positive comment you've had about your writing in 2021?
  7. How have you grown as a writer over the last year?

Answering these questions will make you feel wonderful about your writing, and ready to stride in 2022 full of writing confidence.

I would love to hear your responses, so feel free to share them in the comments section beneath this post.

The 12 Gifts of Christmas Writing

My final YouTube offering of the year is ‘The 12 Gifts of Christmas Writing.’

This series of festive writing prompts starts on the 13th December and runs all the way through to Christmas Eve. There is an optional Facebook group available for writers who enjoy sharing their responses. Click below for the first video.

 

Have a Happy Christmas!

All that’s left for me to say is a massive thank you for choosing me to support, motivate and inspire you during 2021.

It’s an honour to be a part of your writing life and I hope you’ll continue to join me in 2022.

In January I’ll support you to set your new writing goals and resolutions, and I'll be telling you about all the exciting things I have planned for my blog posts and YouTube videos next year.

Have a lovely Christmas and keep writing!

With best wishes,

 

Maria

This post is also available as a YouTube video

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