I sent my son to first grade today. It's a big accomplishment for him considering last year turned into a struggle. He got hit with challenges and he didn't know how to cope with towards the end. So after a summer of practicing and talking through it, I'm hoping he's much better equipped for this school year.
And even in that there is a lesson for writing. We may get frustrated, and get to a point in our writing where we don't know what to do next, but if we step back and practice, reach out to someone more experienced to talk us through the challenges, then we can step back in the game...and succeed.
So in this time of year of new beginnings, I wish you all a fresh outlook, and a new beginning in your writing. Think of it as starting a new grade in school, and stepping one level closer to the finish line.