Look Before You Leap...
Posted by Angela Ackerman
I'll be straight--I'm not a fan of New Year Resolutions. They are usually spawned from feelings of failure or guilt, and let's face it, as soon as one leaves the lips, it's probably doomed to failure. Instead I use this moment on the shoreline of 2009 for reflection: where am I now, and what do I want for myself moving forward?
Here in Canada, the brisk air and falling snow is a perfect match for how I feel about the new year: an untouched landscape of white, full of potential and endless possibility. It's an exciting time --a beginning-- when each step is fresh and each choice is unbound by previous decisions. This is a powerful moment of the year, and an excellent time for us writers to imagine the future and where we want to go.
So, writing-wise, what are your hopes for the coming months? Do you have ideas brewing for new novels, areas to work on or styles to experiment with? Goals are great motivators, provided we can get excited about them and they're within the sphere of doability. Not only do they give us direction and focus, they serve as reminders when small things crop up and force us to take a detour or two.
On my end of things, I would like to see me complete a half-finished book, Wrath of a God, as well as a new book I've been chewing on. 2008 was clogged with revisions, and while I wouldn't go back and change that as it was necessary, I found it really drained my creative spirit. I want to rekindle some of the excitement of writing, and really push to get some new works finished.
Another thing I would like to work on is being more productive and organized. I don't know it if was simply burn out from all that revision, but I became quite the procrastinator toward the end of 2008. I want to push myself harder--it will be better for me spiritually and writing-wise.
Lastly, I want to make more time to read. Reading is such a pleasure that I often feel guilt at taking time to do it. It's silly and something I'm battling, so I want to continue working on it this coming year.
Anyone else willing to share their writing path for 2009? :-)