My Word Power posters started back in 2018. That’s the 1st year I started doing the Twelve Days of Christmas class with Julie Hedlund from 12x12 fame. I joined 12x12 in January of 2019. This is my 4th year with both programs. I have learned so much about me as a writer, and as a person since then. I’m grateful to Julie, and to her programs.
Part 1 – Word Power Past:
These screenshots came from Pinterest. They’re like class yearbooks from The Twelve Days of Christmas program.
If you’d like to take a look at Julie’s class, click on the link for 2018. It will show you day by day, how to look back at last year, and how to look ahead to the new one. Give it a little twist, and it can work for you and your job. The other 2 links are for the classes I took in 2019 and 2020. The goals are for the new year.
Class 2018 – http://www.rindabeach.com/blog/the-twelve-days-of-the-new-year
Class 2019 – http://www.rindabeach.com/blog/january-20th-2020 (2020 goals)
Class 2020 – http://www.rindabeach.com/blog/use-your-word-power-rinda-beach (2021 goals)
This is a screenshot of this year’s Word Power, 2022.
Part 2 – Keep Us Going:
When I put my first poster together, I had 3 things to keep going. They’re still here at the top of my poster, and they’re still the foundation for my writing.
The 12 x 12 Writers Group – It’s where I go for writing classes, where I can search for things from agents to mentor books, and where I can find people like me. I’ve been a member since 2018,
Rindabeach.com – It’s my home online. It’s where I write 5 out of 7 nights. I’m either writing my blog each night or a book review. On my 2 nights off, I’m either putting up an ad or a video. It’s the best place to go to meet me as a person, and as a writer. It’s been my home online since November of 2016,
The Writing Magic Membership Group – It’s my writing home where I have friends, critique partners, and mentors. They’ve helped me publish 3 books and complete the agent challenge. They help me, and I help them. Home!
Marketing – This is how I build my brand, to introduce myself to people like you. It’s the reason I started rindabeach.com. I’ve written over 380 posts and 280 book reviews so far, and I’m still writing both each week. You can find them on Pinterest, or you can email and ask for content. I love to write! I love to answer questions!
I started doing videos of my blog posts so that you can meet me onscreen. I’m up to 32 this week. You can find them on (3) Rinda Beach | Facebook, or you can email and ask me. I love finding content for you!
The Agent Challenge – It’s finished! Now I’m waiting for the answer. I’ll either sign on the dotted line, or I’ll keep looking for that agent. I didn’t realize till last week, that the answer I get will determine the kind of writing I’ll do.
With an agent, I’ll need to focus on national stories with a wide appeal. I’ll probably leave self-publishing behind. Without one, I’ll look for niche markets and regional stories that I can self-publish. Whichever way this goes, I’ll keep writing. I’ve become a writer over the last 14 years, and that’s what I need to do . . . for me . . . and for readers too.
Part 3 – What’s New in 2022? –
Growing these ideas into picture, chapter, or middle grade stories.
1. The Bat Idea – In 2011 it was an easy chapter book, 5 chapters long. I pulled it out in 2021, updated the first 4 chapters, and now I’m revising #5. The next step – to pivot and turn it into a middle grade novel.
2. The Baby Idea – I did a picture book version last year, and in 2020, but something’s missing. I have a few ideas I want to try out on paper, and with my critique partners.
3. The Frog Idea – I have a picture book/ chapter book version of this idea. The one I return to depends on the agent’s answer. If it’s a yes, it’s the picture book. If it’s a no, I’ll pull the chapter book up again and work to self-publish it.
If I get stuck in those ideas, there are others sitting in my computer, waiting to be developed.
4. Ideas to Try – Could a private Facebook group or an account with Teachers Pay Teachers help both of us? Here’s to finding that answer in 2022!
When I write, I can only have one voice in my head, mine. A little noise is fine. But too much, or worse yet, WORDS, and I must change rooms or pull out headphones. Then I can write on!