I hope you are all staying warm where you are! It's colder than a polar bear's butt up in here. So, since it's casual Friday I decided to take a risk and change it up. Today, I'm talking to me 6 years ago and I'm telling her all the things she should know about her future. So here we go. *ahem*
You know how when you read those Janet Evanovich novels and you decided to try writing a book after years of saying you will? It's going to be what sets you free. And you're actually going to be pretty good at it.
I get it. You have no self esteem right now. But you will be better than you think. BUT. It's going to take a lot of hard work and YEARS to get better at writing. So get comfortable.
Oh! In 2009, this thing called NaNo is going to change your life. You'll write your first YA novel and you'll find your voice. This is IMPORTANT. This is what will distinguish you from other writers. This is how you know you should write YA. You'll start to read a few blogs, write your own, and begin using twitter. Twitter will be your favorite place.
You'll find some great friends who will be there for you. These friendships are going to be the most important part of your writing sanity.
Speaking of that sanity problem. You're going to lose focus and get frustrated. AND get rejected. A lot.