Pardon the cliché, but this really is a time to review the past year, taking stock of both the triumphs and the challenges. As you do, you may find yourself wishing you could erase the frustrations, particularly if your writing or marketing efforts have not gone according to plan.
You are not alone, of course, whether your passion is writing or anything else. And, like everyone else, if you examine those disappointments closely, you will see the great value in them. Perhaps a rejection from an agent (or two, or three, or one hundred!) forced you to make improvements to your book; perhaps a less-than-thunderous response to your marketing campaign inspired you reinvent your online presence.
As difficult as it may be to revisit 2013, to avoid doing so is to miss an opportunity for continued growth, as well as to celebrate all the things that went right (I'm sure there were heaps of those as well). The important thing is to embrace the relative "good" and "bad" and allow them to fuel your dreams in the future.
Happy New Year and, as always, happy writing!
Writer and editor, Writers in the Sky Creative Writing Services
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