Monday, December 30, 2013

A New Year, A New You!





It's one day away from a new year. One day away from the beginning of all the possibilities a new year brings. So what will you do with YOUR clean slate?

Will you look back?

I like to do a mental review of how productive each year has been for me. I think about what I did right to further my writing goals and maybe some of the things I could have done differently to improve my chances of attracting an agent or selling a story. But that doesn't mean I allow myself to be dragged down with self-doubt and insecurity where my writing is concerned. Looking back can be therapeutic just as long as you don't start walking in that direction!

Will you get caught up in what's happening today?

I'm putting a lot of pots on the fire in the new year. Between my full time job and my writing aspirations, things will hopping around here. I just finished PiBoIdMo and have more story ideas than I can shake a stick at. It's time to focus on today and see where it leads me.

Will you plan for your future?

I took time out to organize my writing goals for the new year. There are books I want to read to help improve my skills, revisions I have scheduled in my new Writer's Digest Weekly Planner, and contests I have my eye on with plans to participate. It's a brand new year with a clean slate and I'm eager to make my mark on it!

How will YOU greet the new year? Shall I raise my glass to the new you?






18 comments:

  1. Happy New Year! I do think it's important to look back and learn from mistakes, but I think it's equally important not to beat myself up for making those mistakes in the first place. Like you said, I don't want to move backwards! :)

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  2. Hi Laura! Isn't it nice to be able to look back without being intimidated or sucked into the past? Here's to a wonderful New Year!

    Thanks for stopping by and come back any time!

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  3. Happy New Year and thanks for all your writerly comments and advice

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    1. Hi Cecilia and welcome to my blog! Happy New Year to you as well...and thank you for your kind words...

      Thanks for stopping by and come back any time!

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    1. Hi Susanne! Happy New Year to you as well!

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    1. Awww, Mary...the same to you, my friend!

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  6. Happy New year to you. I'm hoping to be a bit more focused for this one. That's the plan, anyway.

    mood
    Moody Writing

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    1. Hi Mood and welcome to my blog! I have set mini goals each week for the new year and I'm using the Writer's Digest Weekly Planner to help me stay on track...;~)

      Thanks for stopping by and come back any time!

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  7. Happy New Year, Donna. My goals are nebulous, but since I'm a writer, I plan to write and edit and submit. ....a lot.

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    1. Lol, Genevieve...that's it in a nutshell! ;~)

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  8. Raising my glass to you too, Donna. I am so proud of your commitment to your craft. I've stepped out on a limb and am diving head first into my writing for the new year. I've done something that I have not done before that will ensure that I don't chicken out on submitting and sharing my writing. So here's to bravery, commitment, and the continued inspiration of our community.

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    1. Hi Pam! Thank you for your kind words...may we both have a wonderfully productive new year!

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  9. I'm definitely more ready for this new year than last year! I have much more energy and I hope to use that for the things I love the most! Happy New Year to you! :)

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    1. Hi Nicole! Glad to hear you are heading in the right direction. Good luck with the new year!

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  10. Hi Donna - Happy New Year now it's here and may you have a best of years ahead ... once the workmen have been and done their stuff for the first part of January I shall be feeling happier and will cope with the mess until then!

    Cheers and enjoy 2014 - Hilary

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    1. Hi Hilary! I'm crossing my fingers things get back to normal for you soon and Happy New Year to you as well!

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