I thought being able to pen stories and get paid for them was cool.
It still is, but I’ve found something else just as cool – finding a lane that I can ride into the sunshine along my author journey.
I couldn’t believe that I didn’t realize I was already in my lane until earlier this month.
While ironing out my plans for 2023, I looked back at my body of work (cause that’s something all authors do, I just happen to do it more than most, imo) and saw that for the last few years I’ve been taking part in at least one anthology a year. And I like that ish!
Seriously, writing a short story for an anthology is awesomesauce!
It keeps me sharp, having to write stories that fit the theme of the anthology I’m writing for. Also, it gives me a chance to work and collaborate with other authors as we work on promoting the anthology. I also get to challenge myself by writing completely outside of my main genre (like I did with the last anthology), which is so much fun.
Here’s a list of the anthologies that I’ve had the privilege of writing in over the years:
Now that I’ve found a pretty sweet lane to write in from time to time, I for sure want to continue do so. Which is why I’m going to make it a goal to take part in at least one anthology a year.
Not to mention that if I’m able to do so, I can try out new (to me) things, like another genre or writing in first person.
Right now I am working on a wip that has me doing both of those things, and I’m hoping to share some of that story in a future anthology.
I also just finished the rough draft to not one, but TWO Valentine Day shorts that may end up in TWO separate anthologies next year. About to work on a third short because I feel that one of those anthologies could do with two shorts from me and I want to make that happen.
All and all, everything is going well in my neighborhood. I hope the same could be said for y’all too!
My next post will be about 20BooksVegas, so be on the lookout for that in another two weeks or so. Until then, you know what to do:
Continue reading, continue writing, continue loving the process!