I’m a sucker for new year’s resolutions. I love the idea of a brand new year ahead of me. I know a brand new year can start on any date I choose but still…there’s just something about the actual new year. Before I look ahead I like to look back at what I’ve accomplished in the last year.
In 2007 I:
– had a short story published on http://www.literarymama.com
– had a piece published at the zine estellasrevenge.com
– attended the Kenyon Writers Workshop with Ron Carlson for a week
– sent out five submissions to literary journals
– read some classics including “Lolita”, “Sense and Sensibility” and “The Secret Sharer”
– participated in my writing group
– filled pages and pages with morning pages, writing practice and drafts of stories
– lost nine pounds
– worked out 275 days this year!
– stayed on a schedule of chores and allowance for my girls so they are really learning the value of money and saving
– created some beautiful handmade cards and gifts
– created this new blog
– wrote on my blog everyday in November
– learned how to upload photos to the computer and my blog
– invested in Adobe CS3
-organized and culled through my books
– met Janet Fitch
– wrote on my story everyday while on vacation in Florida
– read lots and lots of amazing books (see tab above)
Now for 2008… I have one big resolution and then some creative revolutions to keep it fun.
2008 is My Year of Focused Writing. I told my daughter, K, that I wanted to write more this year. She said that I already write alot. And I kind of do. Kind of. But it really needs to be more focused on drafting, revising, polishing and submitting these stories. I tend to stagnate in one stage or the other thus I have many stalled versions of stories. And since I am blessed to not have to work from 8-5 outside the home, I have the time. That time just needs to be focused. I’m going to play with several strategies to see what works best. For now it’s this: I need to write one thousand words a day on a story until that story is done. Then it’s 2-3 hours of revision once I get to that stage. Submit to writing group and this is where it tends to fall apart. I get great feedback from my group but in the meantime have started work on the next story so that I will have something to submit when it is my turn again. And I don’t want to bore them to tears with revision after revision of the same story. So I get stuck between two (or more) stories in two different stage and neither one of them gets done. See… this is where the need for focus comes in. And I think meditation will be helpful. I’m starting with just five minutes a day and will increase it by a minute each week. My goal is to sit for twenty minutes each morning. I think I also will need a way to be accountable to somebody besides myself. Anybody out there need the same thing? Maybe we cold be email check-in buddies. Let me know. Or I could just post my goal for the day here and hopefully feel obligated to follow through.
My reach for the stars goal is to find an agent. To do this I need to: submit my stories, finish one of my novels, research drafting a good query letter, make a list of agents to contact, write the letter and send the letter. It sounds oh so simple, doesn’t it?
2008 Creative Revolutions
– Say yes when I want to say no; and say no when I want to say yes. Shake things up
– Attend a live performance
– Go to the DIA
– Learn Dreamweaver- create my own website, then one for my mom’s business then solicit new clients for web design
– Create a mixed media collage using that old screen door I hauled back from a flea market I found in Arizona. Hang it on thee back wall in the family room.
– Buy less books and read the ones I have
– Find more members for our writing group
– Start a book club in my neighborhood
– I’ve had this idea for a year or so now. Create a creative revolution women’s group. Each month we each choose something to explore or share. A skill or interest we have or want to acquire like wine tasting, gardening, knitting, collage, painting, writing, physics, investing, environmental concerns, cooking, yoga, tai chi. The list could be endless. I though of it because its so hard to meet friends as adults especially once your children are older and are making their own friends. Kids have girls scouts, brownies, cub scouts, school, team sports. Unless you work, adult women have little opportunity to meet new people. Which I think is why book clubs have become so popular. My idea is like that but more encompassing. We could read a book one month but it wouldn’t only be about that. I seriously love this idea.
Okay then… I guess that’s it. What are your creative resolutions/revolutions for the coming year? I’d love to hear from you since I’m also a sucker for eavesdropping on other people’s goals and dreams.
Happy New Year!