Each year, I spend the week between the winter holidays and New Year’s Eve reflecting on the year that is passing and preparing for the year that is coming up. I make sure that I take time to really consider the answers to the following questions:
- What do I want to let go of?
- What do I want to create?
The answers to these questions can be as concrete (I want to let go of hanging onto pairs of ratty socks) or as metaphorical/metaphysical (I want to create world peace) as you like. There’s no right answer or wrong answer. I believe that intention is strong stuff. If you intend to create a larger audience for your writing, then you will be more attuned to opportunities to do so. If you want to let go of tasks that waste your time and you haven’t identified what those tasks are, then you’re doomed to keep burning through the hours.
Personally, I like to make resolutions. Or should I say, I like to make a resolution. I identify what I want to create more of, and then I find one small step that will help me. Last year, I combined two things I wanted to create (1. More writing time and 2. Paying closer attention to the world) into one small resolution – I will write one haiku every day during 2015. Notice how small I’ve set the goal – one haiku a day. To make myself stick to it, I’ve been posting them on Facebook.
What do you want to let go of? What do you want to create?
49 Writers will be sponsoring members-only salons, Resolve to Write, where you can share your resolutions and get some tips on how to keep them. Maybe you’ll find a “writing partner.” Maybe you’ll just find have a glass of wine and some finger-food and meet some other writers who share your interests. Juneau’s event is first on January 7, then in Fairbanks and Anchorage on January 21, and finally in Homer on January 22. You need to RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org to get on the guest list and to receive the address of the salon, so please let me know if you’d like to attend.
And keep your eyes open for the new slate of workshops for the “spring” term. Registration starts on January 4 on the website.
Hope you’ll have a happy New Year’s!
PS - I also create a list of ten lessons that I've learned from the outgoing year. I thought the one below posted on Mentorless (a filmmaking blog for indie storytellers) was quite good.