My Word for 2014

Happy 2014!

Looking back at 2013, I can say it was an amazing year for my personal life. My husband and I reached our dream of buying a house, and I got an awesome new job. But writing-wise, it was a mixed bag. The year started out well–I began querying THE RIGHT EXPOSURE, participated in Pitch Wars, started a new manuscript, and then completed another revision of TRE (one I’m very proud of!) after receiving a Revise & Resubmit opportunity from an agent. I even attended some fun conferences and a writing retreat. But then halfway through the year, after I started querying again, I lost steam. I struggled with writing a new draft in the midst of querying, and was overcome with doubt. I had a burst of productivity in November, feeding off the energy and excitement of NaNoWriMo, but once December hit, I lost steam again.

This year, I want things to be very different. I want to be excited about writing again, like I was when I was working on TRE. This means no more long writing breaks. It means writing many more words and finishing at least one manuscript before the end of the year. And it means not letting doubt, insecurity, or anything else stand in my way.

Last year, instead of making a list of resolutions, I selected one word to focus on. I chose BRAVERY and it served me well. There were many moments throughout the year when I took a chance in my writing after remembering my vow to be brave. (More on that here.) I decided to pick another word for this year and landed on:

FOCUS

There’s a lot I want to focus on in 2014–my overall writing goals and aspirations, staying positive, and writing/reading often, to name a few. If I start to doubt myself again, hopefully reminding myself to stay focused will help me move past it.

This year has a lot of potential to be great! I’m especially excited to celebrate several friends’ debuts, which will only help to inspire me to keep on writing.

No matter what your goals are, I hope your 2014 is both productive and fun!

Do you have a word for 2014? What are your goals this year?

24 thoughts on “My Word for 2014

  1. FOCUS is a fabulous word, Ghenet, and it’s something I need to do more of in the coming year as well. Distractions are way too easy to come by! Best of luck with your writing in the new year. I’m cheering you on!

  2. Such a great word for 2014, Ghenet. I’m right there with you! I’ve taken WAY too long away from writing and I’m good and ready to dive back in. Here’s hoping we both get back on track and stay focused! :-)

  3. Mine should be “focus,” too. I’m very prone to…ooh, what’s that?

    Kidding. My 2014 word is “onward.” I promised myself not to take too long to make decisions, not to wait too long for replies, not to be paralyzed by fear and doubt. I can’t get anywhere if I stay put, for whatever reason, so I intend to just keep moving.

    All the best to us both, Ghenet!

  4. […] Once again, I had a really productive week. I wrote 6 of the last 7 days and added 5788 new words to my manuscript. Writing parties on Twitter (under #YABbootcamp) as well as Camp NaNoWriMo accountability helped a ton. Since the YAB Bootcamp began, I’ve written almost 16K words! Considering how little writing I did this past winter, I’m really happy about this. I’m finally embracing my word of the year and focusing. […]

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