2013 – One month into it and I am wondering where my motivation is for everything I planned to accomplish. How are you doing on your New Year resolutions, writing goals, and personal goals? If you are making headway – send me a note and tell me your secret to success.
I am looking for motivation!
Resolutions – I didn’t set anything too drastic for a goal. I’d like to finish a poetry collection that I have written, submitted for beta reading, tucked it away for months, pulled it back out, re-read everything, contacted the publishers multiple times to go with it, and then not to go with it. I am convinced they think I am truly nuts and are sitting back quietly waiting for the dust to settle in one direction or the other. I then, tucked the poetry collection away only to pull it all out AGAIN to rework the entire collection. I have edited and edited, pulled and tossed, shook my head over several writings, and tucked it all away – yes, again. I have written several new pieces. However, I have decided to keep it to myself until I have made a solid collection that is very different from the original overarching theme. Yes, it is going splendidly, can’t you tell? (heavily laden with sarcasm)
Personal goals – again send me your secrets to success. Specifically those ideas that have you barreling through your personal obstacles – be they physical, emotional, or mental barriers. If I cannot use your secrets to successful charging through to reach the goal, come hell or high water, there is definitely someone else out there that needs to push through something. Let us work together and lend them a hand toward success.
If you haven’t noticed, it is all about the writing on this site. Therefore, we’re back to the writing goals that are not covered above. What are you doing to make your dreams come true? Are you writing every day?
Well, I am not writing every day or every week for that matter, and that is my sticking point. The creativity is at an all-time low, and it’s been going on for well over a year. I’m looking to push through those personal barriers, mine being personal time to write and working through downright pure exhaustion. By the time creativity strikes, it’s late on the weekend and well, there’s that workweek glaring us all in the face.
Where does your creativity come from? How much time do you set aside each day or each week to write your stories, poems, or novels?
So, we’re back to those annoying goals, dreams, and working toward publishing, or whatever your personal markers are for 2013. I’m taking the year in small bits. I made a commitment to send out five random acts of kindness this year, small gifts given to friends and acquaintances when the mood strikes me. I hope they have forgotten and the gifts are wonderful surprises throughout the year.
I decided to wrap some previously published horror short stories into my own collection. I didn’t publish anything in 2012, except for a couple of poems. Several people have asked where they can find my work. Much of it is no longer in circulation, so publishing the horror short stories will help satisfy that craving from a few friends, family, and fans, without crunching too much time out of me. Furthermore, I have that annoying (said with love) poetry collection lurking in my mind on a daily (yes, well some things never leave the mind) basis. I do hope to finish restructuring and torturing that collection into submission worthy material in the next few months. I say torture as it was a lovely grouping to begin with, and well, I tore it to pieces over several months. Now is the time to meld the new work with the remaining old and create an interesting presentation of material! Wish me luck.
The biggest writing challenge for me in 2013 is that I set a goal to finish a story I started a couple of years ago. A personal goal is to finish writing it. A professional writing goal is to edit and do any re-writing by the end of the year to prepare it for queries in early 2014, and finally publish by the end of 2014. Again, wish me luck!
Whatever your dreams may be for 2013, just go for it. Reach for the stars and plot a course toward success. Just don’t follow my example thus far!
Many blessings to each of you, and may you have plenty of time to write!