Essentially, a new year means a new you, right? At least, that is what our culture expects of us here in America. I, while finding much inspiration and motivation already this year, do not believe in creating standards and goals too hard to achieve so early on in a year. Why set yourself up for failure, albeit, unknowingly, because who knows what may happen throughout the year? I find my motivation, my passion, and gain some insight into what I can accomplish first then set some goals afterwards. Here is what I have discovered thus far in 2017.
First off, my 9 month old is thriving and actually allowing me to get some writing done. That in and of itself is an accomplishment in parenting and the writing world. Motivation!
Secondly, I am finding that with that writing I may not be achieving high word counts, but I am liking the direction the words are taking my work in progress. Passion!
That passion is leading to new ideas and generating a sense of confidence in my writing. Inspiration!
On top of it all, a writing friend that I have known for a while now has, somewhat unknowingly, pushed me deeper into the writing world than I have been previously, and that is a great feeling. Fellow writer, Jennifer Zamboni of http://jenniferzamboni.blogspot.com/, has opened my eyes to networking as a writer to find inspiration and resources that I didn’t even know existed! Thanks, Jen! More on those branches in future posts, surely.
So back to those goals I was talking about. I may not state a definitive goal of 1,000 words a day, or finish a book by the end of the year, but I will hope for progress. Steady progress is enough for me.
In closing, welcome to 2017, writers and readers. I hope to be putting more work out there soon, and hopefully finishing some really great projects in the coming year.
Thank you, as always,
Heather Ellen Yamauchi of Hobbitual Literature