As I was connecting with other 2016 NaNoWriMo writers a few days ago, I stumbled upon an online writing group titled Insecure Writer’s Support Group (ISWG). Straight away, I joined the group because, when it comes to writing, I love nothing more than to read what other writers are doing!
At any rate, the Wednesday December 7 prompt focused on planning, which also requires that we reflect on what occurred and what we’ve learned.
So, below are some of the questions from the original prompt, as well as my own,… and of course, my responses. 🙂
[Spoiler Alert: this is a slightly longer than usual post for me.]
Forward Planning for 2017:
What have I achieved this year?
In 2016, I am excited to acknowledge that I began writing again as well as creating and selling cross stitch patterns on Etsy. This blog, which I also started this year, has served as a space where I can experiment with my writing endeavors, unload my thoughts and experiences as I learn to live with depression, anxiety, and Lynch Syndrome.
What things didn’t I complete?
When I first began the blog in August, I thought I would post something every day. I was definitely swinging for the bleachers with that goal. 🙂
Occasionally, I have also struggled with balancing the many hats I wear and determining where my own self worth derives from and resides. I realize this is not directly linked to writing, but I don’t want to get into the habit of mentally beating myself up if I don’t write or post or read.
What can I do differently on my writing journey in the coming year?
This leads me to the next question – what can I do differently and how will I mentally conceptualize my creative endeavors?
My creative goals for 2017:
- Weekly blog posts: 2 days each week (maybe 3 as a treat & as time permits).
- Experiment with podcasting on my blog.
- Read & write book review for at least 1 book per month (I have always loved to read & I’d like to support more small publishing efforts that I see taking place online).
- Write 3-4 poems per month (revisit after January/February to see if this is feasible).
- Finish & revise 2016NaNoWriMo novel (determine if I will be ready to participate in the 2017 NaNoWriMo).
- Participate in 2017NaNoWriPo in April.
- Create and post 3-4 cross stitch patterns to Etsy.
- Complete at least 3-4 small and 1-2 larger cross stitch projects.
- Continue bi-weekly therapy sessions with my psychologist.
- Continue monthly/bimonthly psychiatry visits.
Did I create SMART (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, Time-Based) goals?
As I read through the above list, I am already concerned that I may be swinging for the bleachers — again — but I think by creating calendar reminders and giving myself permission to adjust my goals, then this is experience will focus on the experience of creative living rather than the product of that creative activity.
A month or so ago, I created and started using a Google spreadsheet to keep track of literary journals’ publishing deadlines, which has served well as a motivation to write. I suppose using Google calendar will also help. Maybe even use the Google Keep for tasks as well.
I’m not a big fan of lists, calendar deadlines, etc., but I think trying some of these tools will emphasize my successes to myself rather than any shortcomings or perceived failures.
Here’s to adding more magic — the mystical — to our lives in 2017! 🙂
Help me to be less fearful of the measure of time, and more fully alive in the time that simply is. Help me to live time, not just to simply use it; to breathe it in, and return it in acts of love and presence.
— AVIS CROWE
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[And if you made it to the end of my longer than usual post, thank you!]