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It’s a big year for me. My book comes out on August 20. Between now and then I plan to finish transcribing a pile of poems from my notebook and organize some good ones into a manuscript. It’s exciting to have concrete plans going into the year.

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I am going to take my second course in my MFA program after doing well during the Fall semester. I am excited. But on my Substack (which helps fund my MFA) I will be recording all of Shakespeare’s sonnets. At least once a week. And here is the SCARY part--I will be write a heroic couplet for each sonnet. At the end of the recording project I will have a collage poem of all the couplets, which will hopefully end up as a coherent work. I hope I have the stamina for this! I am afraid it will turn out to be a hot mess 😳🔥🫣 It will all be on my Substack called The Beauty of Things. zinagomezliss.substack.com. Honestly, kinda scared. But I think it also could be fun. Will take the leap.

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I plan to finish my nonfiction book on empowering single women. This is my first book so wish me luck!

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I'm almost through what has been a very challenging revision and I expect I'm far from done with this book, but I can see, on the horizon, the next book I want to write. For the past decade or so, I have been writing about people at least a generation younger than myself, sometimes two, but this book is about a woman just a few years older than I am and the next one will also center on a woman in her 60s. I think that's one of the things I have on offer, my hard-won knowledge of the inner life of a woman as she ages. Of course, Sigrid Nunez is already working this territory quite beautifully, but there's always room for more.

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Wow I’m so inspired by everyone’s posts here. I’m very new to Substack but I’m very quickly feeling like I’ve found a community! I’ve grappled with the notion of goals and intentions and resolutions and have decided not to set any as it just gives my ‘ego’ something new to identify with and when I inevitably slip up, something new to beat myself up with. Instead I’ve decided to live each day intentionally and mindfully.

However I am setting myself one ‘thing’ and that is to live this year creatively, one of the reasons I joined Substack, so I could document it in some way! With the hope I shake lose years and years of pent up desires to create. I wish us all good luck!

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I am going to write more--learn how to better use Substack! And finally start a book so many have asked me for...I feel ready and ripe. 🤍✍🏼🤍

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I did your 1000 words of summer and it was a revelation for me. I wrote and I thought and I somehow felt like I had picked up some kind of thread of myself that connected me together. Once it was done, I dropped it. So now I want to do more. And I’m sitting here wondering what to let go of to make that space. I think I can do it. I am so looking forward to your book :) Happy new 2024 and thank you 🙏

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Dec 31, 2023Liked by Jami Attenberg

To write softer ✨

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I'm looking forward to writing more and to actually call myself a writer - I followed along with 1000 words over the summer, and it shifted so much in me about how I think of myself creatively. So more nourishing activities like that for sure!

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Dec 31, 2023Liked by Jami Attenberg

I love this inspiring thread! Last year, my intention was to just mess around with a character and an idea I had, and to do it every day. (Low stakes, high practice.) Other than when Covid interfered, I kept to that intention. By the end of the year, I had a plot, and some drafty chapters. So my intention THIS year is a full draft. (I’d love it to be faster than that, but full-time day job, parenting, etc etc.) Some work every day, even if it’s just a paragraph. (Medium stakes, high practice!) Happy new year everyone--here’s to all of our beautiful intentions! And thank you, Jami, for always bringing us together.

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Dec 31, 2023Liked by Jami Attenberg

I'm so looking forward to being able to finally announce my next book (which I sold early in 2023) with a publisher I'm wildly excited about...it's been a long and non-linear and occasionally lonely & torturous process, but I feel as though this is the project in which I finally found my voice, and I can't wait to share it with the world. Also looking forward to returning to my novel-in-progress, finding more writing community, and what Matt Bell calls "the success of getting to live a literary life." Wishing everyone a beautiful new year of writing, reading, and living, and thanks always to Jami for making this community happen!

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I have a new agent and a finished manuscript that is sitting - shivering and a little afraid - in a pile, awaiting action. A lot of work ahead of me not only to get it out there but to be okay with how that happens.

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More reading and writing for me. Considering today what goals for my reading will be, how many Substack posts I want to make per month, how I might expand my personal blog, and how I may be able to find more outlets for my writing.

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Dec 31, 2023Liked by Jami Attenberg

I just signed with an agent so I’ll be revising my novel and (🤞) going on submission! After that, I want to commit to a new novel project, and I want to finish reading 40 books this year.

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Dec 31, 2023Liked by Jami Attenberg

I am going to finish my first draft of my first novel. I am going to be more courageous with my writing, in terms of what I write and how often I'm getting it done. Happy New Year to everyone, may it be what you need.

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This year I will (1) finish novel #2 and find a small publishing house that will fall in love with the story of a WW2 Army nurse battling the ghosts of war in 1955 New Orleans (2) continue supporting my friends and fellow writers at the New Orleans Writers Workshop and being an active literary citizen. (3) shop the screenplay for my first novel The Italian Prisoner (because you never know!). Big thanks to Jami and the #1000Words community—you are an inspiration. Happy New Year!

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