Once again, I used Susannah Conway’s “Unraveling the Year Ahead” to set goals for the upcoming year. Of note, I really like Susannah’s in depth analysis of the year gone by and the high level goal setting for the coming year, but this year, I’ve also incorporated Ally Piper’s workbook Big Vision 2015 – Set Your Direction to manage my goals month to month.
My focus word of 2015 is
I want to practice many things. I want to build a running practice and a yoga practice. I want to practice making healthy food choices. I also want to formalize my fiction writing practice.
I tend to focus on efficiency and that does not necessarily lead to the best fiction writing. It’s a rare few writers who can bang out a best seller on the first draft. Good fiction writing takes construction and destruction, writing and rewriting and most importantly experimentation. As much as I know I NEED to noodle and play with words, I tend to focus on the end result. The proverbial “Get ‘er done.” I suspect this comes from more than twenty five years working as a communications professional. Being able to bang out effective prose is great for my client work, but I’m not there with my fiction yet. It’s time to set a path to GET THERE with my fiction. This year, I want to formally begin building a fiction writing practice. I want to invest the time to write stuff that might not ever see the light of day, but that will strengthen and tone my skills.
My supporting words are also all verbs exercise, polish, improve, and perfect. I want to get better and devote the time to the craft of fiction.
- I want to exercise my fiction writing muscles.
- I want to polish the my romantic fiction work-in-progress.
- I want to improve my fictional characterizations.
- I want to perfect my craft of fiction.
So, we’re almost six weeks into the year, how am I doing? *blush* Despite starting off with great guns, I’m not doing as well as I would like. There’s a combination of things challenging me (an average of one snow day and one two-hour delay a week ain’t helping THAT’S fo’ sho’). The bottom line is me. I’m letting other things get in the way. I’m aware of it and I’ve devised a plan. We have a vacation planned for the end of the month. I’m giving myself until the second week in March to wrap up these sniggly projects and sweep away these annoying bad habits (why, why WHY do I let everything else come first when I KNOW, everything goes far more smoothly when I write fiction regularly?) and then I’m directing my attention to my writing practice.
In the past, my fiction writing has had to fit around my life, this year, I’d like to begin the transition towards my life fitting around my fiction writing (as much as is realistically possible for a work from home mother of two). That will definitely not happen overnight, but the long term goal is to have a self sustaining fiction writing practice in place by the time my youngest heads off to college. This year is the kick off of formally building my writing fiction writing practice.
Did you pick a word this year? Share yours in the comments.
Lee Laughlin is a writer, wife, and mom, frequently all of those things at once. She blogs at Livefearlesslee.com. She is currently a member of the Concord Monitor Board of Contributors. Her words have also appeared in a broad range of publications from community newspapers to the Boston Globe. She is a member of the New Hampshire Chapter of Romance Writers of America and is currently at work on her first novel.