From the Editor:
Finishing Out the Year
By Lazette Gifford
Copyright © 2008 by Lazette Gifford, All Rights Reserved
2009 is just around the
corner. I'm amazed -- but then I always am -- about how fast the
year has gone. Like all years, there is more I would have liked to
do. However, I'm happy with most of my writing results and as I
head into NaNo, I feel confident that I'll do pretty well and have a
couple more first drafts by the end of November. In December, I'll
finish up anything that hasn't been completed yet, and then in January I
will start the year with a clean slate. Doing so always gives me a
feeling of freedom. I can do whatever I want in a year where I
have already finished everything else.
And what do I want to focus
on next year? I think I might try to consciously direct my writing
toward YA adventure stories of one type or another. I
have a good voice for Young Adult writing, and it's time to take
advantage of it.
What about the rest of you?
Have you consciously made a decision about what you want to write?
That doesn't mean you aren't going to write other things, of course.
I think it's important to always be open to experimentation, to writing
outside your normal genres, and to expanding the type of work you can
However, it is also
important to play to your strengths as well. If you are looking
for a novel contract, then writing something that suits your voice,
ability and interests is going to get you farther than trying to write
something merely because it's popular right now.
The greatest part of being
an author is that the market is always open and always fluid.
Publishers need new books every month. Every time you submit
something, you have a chance of taking one of those slots. They
are never permanently filled, so each month -- and each year -- we all
get a new chance.
There will always be
disappointments, but as long as you are willing to learn to write well,
and are willing to keep trying until you find the right combination of
story and publisher, there is always hope.
So here's hoping that you
have a good 2009. Good luck to all of us!