It’s the beginning of the second quarter of 2015, and I took a look back at my goals for the year and at the progress I’ve made. In many areas of my life, I’m plugging away at my goals, on track to accomplish many of them by the end of the year.
Some of my writing goals are not going so well. Some are.
I’m on track to do two one-day writing retreats this year, which was a big goal of mine. Another goal, submitting to Level Best Books, should have happened by now–but it didn’t. If I’m honest with myself, polishing that short story was not my highest priority.
And that’s okay. Because when I look at my highest priorities, I wouldn’t change them.
I’m not going to waste time beating myself up about it.
I’m looking at the second quarter of 2015 and I’m ready to continue to work on my writing goals, with a little reshuffle in there to reflect where I currently am.
One of the things I realized in the past few months is that it’s important for me to connect with other writers, even when I’m not writing a lot.
Even though I haven’t contributed writing pieces to my critique group as often as I’d like, I’ve continued to be a part of the group, and I’ve critiqued my fellow writers work to the best of my ability.
Being in that group has been such a gift. Two of our members recently submitted rewritten work that we’d already seen in first draft form. The changes were inspiring. Seeing how smooth the writing became with reworking (and reworking) motivated me to get back to my story, which was still in first draft form at the beginning of the year.
Meeting up with other writers randomly and on purpose has also been a gift. I ran into Julie, who also blogs here, last Sunday, at ImprovBoston, the comedy theater where I take classes. We had a short but inspiring conversation about how theater informs our writing and vice versa.
Lisa, another blogger, and I meet regularly about things other than writing, but the conversation turns, inevitably, to our writing. What we’re working on and what we’d like to prioritize in the next little while. Our conversations always energize me.
So my writing goals have shifted a little since the beginning of the year–I’m writing more website copy than I thought I would–but it’s all writing and it’s all good.
Every word counts. Looking forward to the next quarter of 2015.
How did the first quarter of 2015 go for you, fellow writer?
Diane MacKinnon, MD, is a writer, blogger, life coach, family physician, mother, and stepmother. I’m in the process of rewriting my website, which is very personal writing, and a good exercise for me as a writer. I’ll let you know when the new website is ready to launch.