Happy New Year! Have you already broken some of your resolutions? Have you picked your word for the year? I gave up on New Year resolutions years ago. I just don't have the will power it takes to stick with them. But a few years ago, I picked a word to guide me through the year. It kept me motivated when I felt like giving up. It's one New Year's habit that has stuck.
Last year, my word was SIMPLIFY. In 2017 I had a full time job, ran a business, baby sat every weekend and was very active in my writing chapter, I had very little time to write like I wanted. When I did have time, I was too exhausted to do it. I was spread so thin that I wasn't doing anything right. So my word for 2018 was simplify. And I did. I closed my business. Took a couple of weekends off from babysitting to work on writing and cut back on the things I volunteered for.
The only new thing I took on was to write a novella as part of the Christmas Town Anthology. And can I be completely honest? It scared me to death! I hadn't seriously worked on writing in months. What if I couldn't finish it? What if my sale to Harlequin Heartwarming was a fluke and I'm a really horrible writer? But guess what? I did finish it. And I had a blast doing it.
And you know what I learned? I could do it. I also remembered why I wanted to be a writer to begin with. I didn't have time to stress over the story or re-edit the first chapter ten times. I just had to write it. And it inspired my word choice for 2019. RISK TAKING.
This year I'm NOT going to be so worried that my book isn't good enough that I don't send it in. I'm not going to get so caught up in making sure every thing is perfect that I never finish it. I'm going to take the time to learn how to do things like Canva and Fotojet. And I'm going to stop running from every workshop about marketing and learn how to get out there and promote myself.
So what about you? What it your motto for 2019? What inspired it?