At the beginning of the last couple of years, I chose a word to focus on all year long, rather than a list of concrete resolutions. In 2013–the year I queried for the very first time–that word was bravery. Last year, having shelved that first manuscript, I chose the word focus to remind myself to focus on the things I can control in my writing life, like writing another book. It was a good choice. I ended up putting a much bigger focus on my writing in 2014, which resulted in less reading than I was honestly comfortable with, and less blogging. But some pretty awesome things happened, including completing my second manuscript and writing half of my third.
I went back and forth about what word to choose for 2015, and landed on…
See, while I got a lot of writing done in 2014, I also spent a lot of time struggling with anxiety and general unhappiness. It was mostly due to personal stuff I won’t get into, but it definitely affected my writing life as well.
In 2015, I want to have more fun. Fun at home or outside with the people I love. Fun writing manuscripts. Fun reading books. Fun connecting with other writers online and at conferences. Fun blogging (when I can!).
I also plan to finish that third manuscript, write my fourth, query agents again, and read lots of books. But in the midst of all of that, I want to keep having fun. I want to enjoy this wild and precious life that so I’m lucky to have.
Happy 2015, friends! I hope it’s both productive AND fun. :)