Looking Back At The Year That Was

A collection of things I’m proud of from an otherwise horrible year, plus a look at what’s to come

Looking Back At The Year That Was
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Seventeen days in 2020, my wife and I were in a car accident. So, you can say this year was a dumpster fire from the get-go. While the incident did land me in the hospital, the year wasn’t a total waste. I mean, I did unexpectedly appear in the Pete Souza documentary, The Way I See It.

As Danny Forest explains, everyone should do a year-end review, even if the year sucked. Taking his advice, here are a few things I’m incredibly proud of from 2020:

Various Stories

While I wrote several unique stories in 2020, a few stand out. I shared my choice for growth over fear with P.S. I Love You and some friendly advice from Ferris Bueller. For The Startup, I reviewed the new M1 Mac mini. In The Writing Cooperative, I doubled-down on investing in yourself, unlocking creativity, and winning the day.

Write Now

This year I published 37 new Write Now interviews. These include a Marvel writer (Charles Soule), a PEN/Open Book Award Winner (Faith Adiele), a mother-daughter duo (Lan Cao and Margaret Van Cao), and a YA author and literary agent (Eric Smith).

In addition to what was published this year, several exciting interviews are already lined up for 2021. Get ready for features from the highly requested Zulie Rane and the creator of morning pages, Julia Cameron!

Expanding The Writing Cooperative

2020 was a good year for The Writing Cooperative. In January, we launched a Facebook Group that now has over 2,000 members. June saw the launch of This Week In Writing, our first attempt at a podcast that included 20 episodes in the first season. We also added a weekly newsletter by the same name providing support and encouragement right to people’s inbox.

Out of all the things we added to The Writing Cooperative this year, I’m most proud of converting my Medium primer, So, You’re New To Medium…, into an eBook course.

Next year, Jessica Jungton and I are launching a massive update to our Patreon, including some new features and perks for our supporters. Stay tuned!

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As we prepare to start a new year (and, technically, a new decade), I hope you have a wonderful holiday season. Wash your hands. Wear a mask.

Stay hungry.

A version of this article also appeared on Medium.