February is a very special, very exciting month, full of ancient wisdom and rich symbolism. It is also a month of transition— leaving the old behind and embracing the new. February’s flowers are primrose and violets, which signify resilience, inspiration, and the promise of Spring; the trees, Rowan and Ash, signify awareness and ascension. This is a time to let go of past disappointments, take what we’ve learned, and move to the next level of creativity.
So, what does this mean for writers? I believe it means stretching our literary muscles further than we ever have before; it’s time to take risks and put our work out there, even if it is uncomfortable or we feel as though we’re not ready. For some, this might mean taking a writing class where they present their stories for critique; for others, it may mean sending that first book out to bloggers for review.
I’m also encouraging all the fiction writers out there to enter the Seventh Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award Contest. Contests are great vehicles to get your work seen by the experts; they also circumvent the lengthy agent-hunting process by awarding the winners a publishing deal and a generous advance.
Remember, though, that ultimately it’s not important how you choose to spread your wings, just that you do it.
Happy February, and happy writing!
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