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:
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?