My Write Before Christmas: 2014

by @AnnieDaylon 

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It’s my Write before Christmas, my time to send

Best wishes to wordsmiths and readers and friends.

Authors work solo, yet none are alone

For it takes a village (an adage well-known.)


Critique groups are crucial, a part of the team;

Online or in person, they endorse your dream.

(An aside: Many thanks for your commentary,

My critique angels–Fran, Michael, and Mary.)


A new writer? This world’s a mysterious place.

Catch a conference! It’s there that you’ll come face-to-face

With writers and editors and agents and such.

Volunteering’s an option if the cost is too much.


Like story contests? They’re fun, teach deadlines,

This>Contest Calendar’s < a favourite of mine.

As is Poets & Writers, a site that makes space

For a Contest and Grants and Awards Database.


Having trouble with structure? Can’t seem to outline?

K. M. Weiland has guidelines to help you refine.

Seeking courses or webinars to carry you through?

Writers Digest will surely have something for you.


If a positive thought is what you require,

Tweets from Rock Christopher will keep you inspired.

If you’re looking to blog but don’t know the scene,

Check out Blog It for authors penned by Molly Greene.


Got a post that helps others? Want it retweeted?

@MondayBlogs is a place you’ll be greeted.

Want to do marketing? Don’t know the score?

Book Marketing Tools has ideas galore.


Do you have a routine? Great tales must be spun

and writers toil daily to get the job done.

(On that note, dear writers who are reading this verse,

If today you’ve not written, go away and WRITE FIRST!) 🙂


Thanks, avid readers on whom writers rely,

The work’s not complete ’til you choose to stop by.

Samuel Johnson once said (and I paraphrase herein)

‘A reader finishes what a writer begins.’


That’s it, the year’s end! Best wishes to you

as 2015 comes into view.

And now, ere December slides out of sight,

Happy Christmas to all! Have great reads and great writes!


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10 thoughts on “My Write Before Christmas: 2014
  1. Thank you for the wonderful heartfelt seasons greeting and words of wisdom. I shared it on my Facebook page.

    Here’s wishing you and David a very Merry Christmas and all the best for 2015,

  2. Thank you, Annie, for the wonderful Christmas greetings and the quick words of support for us struggling (sometimes kicking and screaming) writers. I’ve taken a few days off and I think you’ve just given me the kick in the backside I needed. Best Christmas wishes back to you and yours. See you in 2015.

  3. WoW! What a fun and an exceptional read. 😀 Thank you, dear friend, for the lovely Christmas greetings and for the shoutout. You’re such an inspiration. I’ve learned so much from our critiquing group and am honoured to be a part of it. Can’t wait to read your new books as I’m a #booklover #aninspiredwriter #loveagoodread Wishing you and David a Merry Christmas and all the best of the season and a successful, happy 2015.

    • Thanks for kind words, Fran. Greatly appreciated. I’m looking forward meeting and critiquing in the new year. Happy Holidays to you and yours!

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