For some reason this year end post is not coming together. This is the third time I’ve written it. I’m not sure if it’s because I’m exhausted from Christmas fun or I’m just in a different state of mind. Since my writing plan for 2014 is to return to the basics, really dive into working on my craft and not getting overwhelmed by the rules of self-publishing and all of that, I am posting a list of things I’m going to do and some resources that inspired this list.
1. Re-read Writing Down the Bones by Natalie Goldberg.
2. Remember even if I never get paid for my work, it’s still worth doing. Writing is my passion. I’ve been telling stories my entire life. I can’t stop now. Thanks for the reminder, Hugh Howey.
3. Words on a page, any page, count as writing. It’s okay to leave the laptop at home and spend vacation time simply journaling. There is something about a pen on real paper that restores my creativity.
4. Work on my stress management. I’m starting my year out by taking Sandra Pawula’s Living With Ease: 21 Days to Less Stress e-course.
My hope for this time next year is to be celebrating two published novels, or be very close to that goal. I have finally been able to embrace my writing career and I cannot wait to see what it holds! I realized in the latter part of 2013 that staying calm, managing my stress, and being true to myself allows my creativity and productivity to soar. I look forward to applying those principles in the upcoming year.