In 2021, I decided my word for my writing in 2022 would be ‘focus.’
Focus was something I really struggled with starting in 2019 when my husband was in and out of the hospital. 2020, as you can imagine, didn’t help those issues at all. But 2022 was possibly the most difficult year for me with writing.
I wrote two novellas last year. I love both of them. But it’s nowhere near what I usually manage to write.
Focus was probably not the best word to have picked.
Or maybe, it was.
I think, if nothing else, I learned a few lessons about being kind to myself. I definitely learned some painful lessons and taking a step back when I need to do so. And I also figured out when I need to push–and when not to do so when it comes to writing.
So, what did I manage by December 2022?
Farm to Fabre
Stubbed Toes and Dating Woes
How about 2023? What do I hope to achieve this year?
A Cosy Mystery novella trilogy (I’ve already wrapped up book 1.)
An Ace Romance
My word for this year is joy. To put that into action, my phrase for the year is finding what brings me joy in writing. Something I’ve found is incredibly important for me.
How about you? How did you manage in 2022? And what are you hoping to do this year?
The ones I’ve been using are technically ‘study with me’ videos. But they work great for writing as well. I’ve also been trying to make sure I get up and stretch during the break time. I’m terrible at sitting for long periods without moving around.
If 2018 had a word for me, it would be unbalanced. At least, that’s how the last six months of the year have gone. You know when you set goals/deadlines for yourself, and things start to pile up? And then it’s like a snowball rolling downhill, and you’re the target?
That was me.
So, for obvious reasons, my goal for 2019 is ‘balance’.
Balance in writing. Balance in my personal life. All about balance.
(How many times can I use the word balance in one post?)
My plan is to tackle this issue in a few ways.
I don’t know about other authors, but I struggle with all recommendations for ‘how an author should author.’ All those ‘experts’ who have the latest greatest advice. I think you have to be careful not to fall down every single rabbit hole with them.
And it is SO hard not to.
There’s always the latest greats ‘everyone is signing up for it’ new social media app or site. Mewe anyone?
Here’s the truth we never want to accept. You can’t be on EVERY single site. You can’t follow every piece of advice. You can’t be all things to all people (I think Lincoln said that.)
You just can’t.
There’s only so much of my brain power I can give.
I’m autistic, balance is crucial for me. If I push myself too far, I shut down. It’s horrible for my health to continue pushing and pushing.
The end of one year and the start of another is always a time of reflection for me. I usually go through my goals from the previous year and my hopes for the upcoming one. I find it a good time to be honest with myself.
I didn’t quite achieve all of my writing goals in 2015.
Misguided Confession (Elaine’s story) is still floundering at 15k, far shy of the 50k I’d hoped to reach by the end of the year. It was side-lined by my m/m romance, After the Scrum. I’ve put Elaine’s story on the front burner for 2016 with a goal to write at least 1k a day until it’s finished.
Do you have any end of the year traditions? Do you set goals for yourself?
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