This writing stuff is hard work.
I’m looking back at 2016 and wondering what happened. I’m still writing. I thought it would have gone faster——I had hoped it would have gone faster. My new books are slow coming, and I will have the task of finding new homes for them once they are ready. I’m reminded of Natalie Goldberg’s book, Wild Mind: Living the Writer’s Life, and in particular the short chapter on Beginner’s Mind, Pen and Paper.
That’s where I am.
I’m back to the basics–the tools, the space. Asking essential questions only, like Why am I writing? What is the story? Who’s showing up?
I came across a quote by Steven James, a novelist who wrote a great book on writing called Story Trumps Structure. I recommend it to anyone looking to write, especially those who find all the “supposed to’s” about writing really challenging. In it there’s a great line about asking the right questions about the story you’re working on. Instead of manhandling it, figure out what wants to be revealed.
A story is not something I create as much as it is something I uncover by asking the right questions.
I have 11 days left until the end of the month, days in which the kids will be home for winter break, presents need to be wrapped, dinner needs to be made and dust bunnies swept up. I’m hoping to make time to take a closer look at the past year and find a few things to celebrate. And, like many of you, I’ll look ahead and see what I’d like to do in 2017.
Here are a few (free) goal planning worksheets to help you figure out the year ahead:
- This Cherished Life: Goal Setting
- XOSarah (this one is for anyone with a website or blog): Blog Planning Guide
- The Golden Letter: Make Your Dreams Happen
- Sage Grayson: Editors Toolkit
See you in the new year. ♥