In Praise of Deadlines, Accountability and Encouragement

It’s confession week here at the PLC. Time to come clean on how we are (or aren’t) moving our writing projects and journeys forward.

I confess, I’ve been on a good ride. Since my last check-in, I’ve:

  • Written until my fingers bled (and am closing fast on those elusive words The and End)
  • Received notification that one of my stories made it to the final round of judging in a contest
  • Sent publication agreements to authors and artists for the inaugural issue of Liminal
  • Taken important steps toward implementing the next phase of the PLC (stay tuned…)
  • Sent two short stories into the world in hopes of publication
  • Had a LOT of fun writing!

It’s been a good month. But none of these things would have happened if it weren’t for deadlines and fellow writers keeping me accountable, not to mention those glimmering bits of encouragement that arrive right when you’re ready to throw in the towel and give you the umph you need to keep going.

If it weren’t for deadlines and accountability and encouragement, I’d do any number of things other than write. Clean my baseboards. Paint my toenails. Beat level 39 of Touch Physics. (Curse you, level 39!)

So, thank you to my fellow writers, family, friends and readers. Because of you, my base boards need scrubbing, my toenails need painting and level 39 remains unconquered. Oh, and also? I’m that much closer to reaching my goals.

Later this week I’m off to LA to attend the 2010 SCBWI Summer Conference. I’m going to learn a lot, meet loads of new people, chat with industry professionals, get critiqued and come away a stronger writer.

Can’t wait.

And then look out August. Here I come.