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Ringing in the New Year with Ch-Ch-Ch-Changes at WU

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photo by Rachel

Happy New Year, everyone!

I don’t know about you, but I’m glad to see 2016 in the rearview. I plan to start the year off by reconnecting with my wip and solemnly swearing that I will put my manuscript before other projects until it’s finished. (Now that it’s in writing, some friends will hold me to this, too. Gulp.)

The thing is, I’ve learned something about myself these last few years: I can *not* write. I can find other things to fill my days. Critique and even edit others’ work. Round up 50+ essays and pull together an awesome book for writers (on sale now! [2]). Host a kick-ass UnConference. Manage a kick-ass blog. Make Nutella baklava. Eat way too much Nutella baklava. Obsessively worry about the state of the world.

I’ve learned something else, too, though: I’m happier when I’m writing. When I’m *processing* the world rather than feeling victim of it. When I’m an author in progress.

So I’m going to do something I’ve never done before: turn the volume way down on social media and take a sabbatical from Writer Unboxed. For six months, you’ll be treated to some fantastic fill-in authors, who I wager will leave you asking, “Therese who?” Look forward to essays from Bryn Greenwood [3] in February and March (All the Ugly and Wonderful Things), James Scott Bell [4] in April (Plot & Structure), Kristina Riggle [5] in May (Vivian in Red), and Cara Black [6] in June (Aimée Leduc Investigations series).

We’ll also welcome back former WU contributor Lydia Sharp [7] for a guest post, as she shares lessons learned while writing her debut (Whenever I’m with You). Lydia was a contributor with us from 2010-2014, and it’s genuinely thrilling to see her with her first novel. Look for her post this Tuesday.

Lastly, I couldn’t be happier to announce the names of several new contributors who’ll join us in 2017, including some familiar names and voices:

Natalia Sylvester [8] (Chasing the Sun)
Grace Wynter [9] (Storyboard / podcast)
John Kelley [10] (The Fallen Snow)
Kathryn Magendie [11] (The Lightning Charmer)
and
Elizabeth Huergo [12] (The Death of Fidel Perez)

Please join me in welcoming them to the fold, and look for their first essays to appear here in the coming months.

What do you plan to commit to in 2017? How do you hope to evolve your work, and yourself as an author in progress? What steps will you take to give that hope a fighting chance?

About Therese Walsh [13]

Therese Walsh co-founded WU in 2006 and is the site's editorial director. She was the architect and 1st editor of WU's only book, Author in Progress [14], and orchestrates the WU UnConference. [15] Her second novel, The Moon Sisters [16], was named one of the best books of the year by Library Journal and Book Riot; and her debut, The Last Will of Moira Leahy [17] was a Target Breakout Book. Sign up for her newsletter [18] to be among the first to learn about her new projects (or follow her on BookBub [19]). Learn more on her website [20].

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