My Year in Review

I have to say, 2010 was a kick-ass year!

I set out in late 2009 to write a novel—my first novel to be exact. I set a goal that 2010 would be the year I completed it and I did just that in May. Check.

I went on to also write a novella and mid-length novel.

I joined the Romance Writers of America local chapter and I actually attend meetings. I’ve met some amazing writers, who I learn from each and every time I see them or visit their blogs.

I met an online group of wonderful authors who have graciously let me be a part of Six Sentence Sunday each week. Even though I’ve never met any of them in person, they have each been warm and welcoming and a great addition to my new network of writer friends.

I found a new friend and critique partner. We meet every week if at all possible. She has become someone I trust with my work and my friendship. I feel blessed to have met someone who shares the same love for books and writing as myself. Of course her taste is a little more spicy than my own. 😉

This year I didn’t get any work under contract for publishing, but I do have two pieces out on submission and one more that will be ready in January. While some may view that as a lack of accomplishment, I’m not one of them. I’m proud of how much I’ve accomplished this year. I went from wanting to finish my first WIP to finishing my third before the end of the year. I have learned a ton this year about the art of writing as well as the business of writing—each with their own set of challenges and benefits. Most of all, I learned that I can do it. I can write.

This year, I feel like I finally found my way, my place, my muse. I am a writer, but not yet an author.

Next year, I will get something published. That is my goal. I will meet it.



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  1. Shoshanna Evers says:

    You had a very successful year! Most people want to write a novel “some day” – you actually did it. Three times. 🙂 I’m so glad our hubbies connected us 🙂 I can’t wait to get the call from you that *you* got “the call”, or the email as the case may be. 2011 is your year, girl!

    1. hthurmeier says:

      Fingers crossed that The Call comes in soon! I won’t even know what to do with myself if it does. Until then, it’s time to finish off the sub stuff for project three so it can get sent out and then it’s on to project four!

  2. Reagan says:

    This gave me chills. Very inspiring. I’m so proud of you!!

    1. hthurmeier says:

      Thanks so much for coming by my blog, Reagan! It’s awesome to have support from friends.

  3. Wendy S Marcus says:

    Fingers crossed you accomplish your goals for 2011, Heather. Joining RWA, reading your work to others and sending it out to editors and agents are huge steps in a writers career. You are on your way!

    1. hthurmeier says:

      Thanks Wendy! I hope 2011 is a great year for you!

  4. Janet Walters says:

    Heather, It’s only a matter of time. I think you’ll arrive soon.

    1. hthurmeier says:

      Thanks Janet! I can’t even say how wonderful, inspiring and motivating it is to have published authors supporting me. You girls are all a pleasure to know!

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