Welcome to the new year, everyone! This is the time I normally take stock of what I’ve done the previous year and blog about my goals for the upcoming one. More on that in a later post: I want to do something a little different and talk about my four words for 2013.
They’re going to be four inspirational words that will be prominent in both in my personal and writing life. Words that can be as broad as I want to make them, but will ultimately keep me on track to achieve my goals. So let’s take a look at the first one:
This one is a given, I think. To me, it means butt-in-chair-hands-on-keyboard and doing work. And not just writing either – blog posts, emails, website content, anything where there will be a tangible result. I love Dorothy Parker’s quote, “I hate writing but I love having written”, and I also love to see proof of my efforts i.e. page count. The key for me is to have the next project on the go at the same time I’m finishing up the last, because if I’m not sure what my next is, I tend to flounder and stuff around and end up shopping at the Book Depository instead of writing 😀 So productivity is my top goal this year.
I think this one will be a biggie for me this year, because I am not naturally patient (I am quite at home with the iPodGen, thanks very much :smile:). This year my boy starts high school (!) which means lots of changes to his learning and thinking. Definitely will need patience for that! Also, with my planned projects, I will need patience when submitting, waiting to hear back, editing, (possible) rejections, etc. I will need to take time to understand that sometimes things are out of my control, decide which things matter and pursue those, then let the others go.
Another biggie. I think everyone needs to pursue areas in which you can quieten your mind and find peace, be it a bath, an afternoon shopping without the kids or a writing retreat for one. Stopping to appreciate what I have, realize there’s some things I just never will have (like a fast metabolism or the willpower to resist books and handbags :grin:) and coming to terms with that is important for optimum productivity.
Last one – not a P word this time! I love this word. I love all the connotations it conveys, like fun, delight, good times, laughter, happiness and optimism. Sometimes when you’re in deadline hell, everyone wants your attention, work sucks, a family member is ill, you hate your new book cover or you just keep getting rejection after rejection, it’s hard to find joy. Which means I turn to stuff that makes me happy. For you it could be walking your dog, an intimate dinner with your loved one, music, surfing the internet or checking out your next story inspiration pictures. There’s lots of opportunities to experience joy so go ahead and seek them out!
Do you have any inspirational words for the new year? Want to share them?