2009 milestones writing forwardIt’s time to say goodbye to 2009. Around this time every year, people reflect on the past twelve months and contemplate their experiences and accomplishments. And we look ahead to the new year with hopes and plans for a better, brighter future.

On the world stage, it’s been a whirlwind year. Is it just me or does it seem like there was an inordinate amount of bad news in 2009? My hopes for 2010 include more positivity, more good news, and more peace, love, and understanding.

And more reading and writing!

I love change and fresh beginnings. Even though I think New Year’s is an arbitrary occasion (we humans created it), it’s good to mark time, take a step back, examine one’s life, and ask, Where have I been? Where am I going?

They say that to know where you’re going, you have to know where you’ve been. Before I think about what 2010 has in store for Writing Forward, I’d like to take a look at the milestones of the past year and share with you some of the best articles that were featured here throughout 2009.


Milestones are a great way to mark our accomplishments. The best ones come unexpectedly, like when I found out that Writing Forward had been named one of the “101 Best Websites for Writers” by Writer’s Digest.

Another milestone for the site was crossing both its two-year anniversary and the 200-post mark. September marked the beginning of Writing Forward’s third year of publication, and sometime in November, the 200th post was published.

Top Posts

Here’s a mix of my favorite posts from the past year along with those that have been most popular.

  1. 25 Creative Writing Prompts got lots of visits, beating out most posts from the past year that had been up for much longer.
  2. The writing exercise Getting Into Character was a big hit. I guess people like to play-act while they write fiction!
  3. For grammar geeks and words nerds, Homophones: Two, Too, and To got into the nitty gritty of how to spell words that sound the same.
  4. I was happy to see that one of my personal favorites, How to Improve Your Writing with Poetry, made this list! I’m a believer in poetry as a way to increase creativity and improve your writing skills.
  5. Writers are always looking for more sources of inspiration, so it’s no surprise that 12 Places to Find Awesome Writing Ideas made the list.

Did I miss any? If there was a post from the past year that you loved, please feel free to leave a comment and share a link. And it doesn’t have to be from Writing Forward. Please leave a link to any of your favorite articles on the web from the past year, as long as they’re writing-related.

Finally, I want to thank everyone who has read, commented, and subscribed to Writing Forward in the past year. You guys have been great and I appreciate your support and readership.

Happy New Year!

I hope you all have a happy, prosperous, and productive 2010. Keep writing!

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