Shelley Widhalm

Writing 52: A Year in Review

In 52 Writing Topics, Shelley Widhalm, Writing on December 30, 2012 at 11:00 am

Writing the last sentence of my novel in early December is similar to concluding a year of blogging – there’s a sense of letting go that isn’t easy and simple.

Finishing the rough draft of “The Fire Painter,” which I started in January, is only the first step. And so is picking up a blog. I will have to edit, and I will have to come up with a new idea for 2013’s blog.

I already miss the surprises from my characters and plotting and the fact that I have a huge project in my life. And I will miss researching about different writing topics and ideas for my 2012 blog, “52: A Year of Writing Basics, Beliefs and Beauty.”

Though my blog didn’t leave much of a mark on the blogosphere, I think I’m the one who benefitted the most from my goal to write about 52 different writing elements, types of writing and tools for writers.

I explored what’s involved in structuring plot, developing character, coming up with original themes, developing intriguing settings and using imagery, metaphors and similes.

By writing about each of these and other elements, I expanded my understanding of all that is involved in the writing craft. Explaining something to someone else is the best way to review and see things slightly differently than before; teaching is a form of learning.

I am debating what to write in 2013, something I believe I need to continue doing to maintain my “platform.” Platform is what authors and aspiring authors develop through their websites, blogging, twitter feeds, book tours and other ways they make themselves present to the audiences they already have or want to grow.

A few ideas have come to mind for my 2013 blog, such as:

  • 52 writing prompts that I also will respond to, using them in my own writing.
  • The secrets of a writer’s life and what is involved in writing and editing a novel (but this is kind of like 52 writing topics in 52 weeks).
  • The secrets of a journalist’s life who writes at night (except I’d probably get in trouble by my bosses).
  • Bad girl writer tells all (except I don’t do anything bad, except drink caffeine, and that’s not very exciting).
  • Writing about whatever comes to mind 52 times.
  • Trying 52 things I haven’t done before and writing about them (except this one has been done before).

Hum, what do you think?

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  1. well, I of course would suggest you do some bad girl things to write about, but I have no doubt that whatever you choose to write about in 2013 will be both informative and entertaining! Happy New Year, Shelley.

  2. I think a blog is always, to some extent, a work in progress. What you want from it in 2013 should influence what you post.

  3. Why not blog about revising your novel? It could be inspiring and educational.

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