What's on Your 2010 List?
Hope everyone had a great holiday season, and that you’re all ready to enter 2010 :)
For the writers out there, this might mean stepping up the word count, finishing that manuscript, joining an organization or critique group, or perhaps attending a conference. For those who don’t hear character voices in their heads (oh, how quiet that must be!) the resolutions could be anything…but this seems to be the time of year where we all look back, then we look forward.
I once heard someone talk about this topic, and her approach stuck in my mind. She said our lives are like driving a car. We need to use our rearview mirror; we need to keep tabs of what’s behind us so we know how to navigate forward. BUT our rear view mirror (aka our past experiences) can’t become our primary view source. We need to keep our eyes ahead, looking at the new, making sure we navigate to where we’re going.
It’s good to remember some pieces of the past (particularly for a writer as it is great fodder for fiction). But if you constantly watch that rearview mirror, what happens? You crash into a tree. It’s all a balancing act, so as we approach the end of 2009, look back. What went well? What didn’t? What would you change if you could do it over? What would you like to add into the mix?
These are things we should put in our recipe for 2010. (Yes, I’m using food analogies. I’m hungry and have yet to eat lunch…)
So, I ask yet again…What’s on your 2010 list?
My primary 2 resolutions are:
* Do a set word count every day. I don’t have a problem in making time to write each day, but the word count tends to vary depending on mood. I want to put a word count on each day. If I miss a day (as life will sometimes cause us to do) then I’ll make up that wordcount by the end of the week.
* Remember that negativity always blocks out the voice of the muse. It’s like a kid covering his ears and singing a song to himself. You can’t hear that inner voice, that inspiration, if your mind is cluttered with negativity.
Hope everyone has an incredible new year, and here’s to a great 2010 :)