I am a writer, and I am insecure.
I just had to say that...
Today, it's time for the monthly meeting of one of the most awesome support groups ever! This is the brain-child of the amazing Alex J. Cavanaugh, and has long since spread from a simple bloghop into a group with many possibilities! Go ahead and check out the webpage if you haven't yet (especially if you're a writer) because you won't regret it.
Thanks also goes to Alex's wonderful co-hosts: Elizabeth Seckman, Lisa Buie-Collard, Chrys Fey, and Michelle Wallace!
I used to make writing goals every January, ones that involved not only finishing up a certain amount of manuscripts but usually determined to reach a certain number of publications that year too. Guess what? I never reached those goals. I was lucky to even get one item crossed off. And usually, I'd sit here feeling stressed and guilty that nothing turned out the way I'd hoped.
So, away with that! (Here's where I throw a pile of papers out the window and watch them flatter away in the wind...dramatic!) This year, I'm heading for one single goal.
Yep, one. I can reach this one as easy as touching my toes....*ahm* Well, touching my toes has always been a thing. Let's just say I know I can fly over this goal's finish line blindfolded.
Ready??? *drum roll*
That's it. No specific word counts. No specific amount of MSs. Just words. Pure and simple.
And as for a publication...*coughcough*. . .we all know how uncooperative that end of things can be.
So, where's the drive in simply writing? Shouldn't we strive to reach beyond our bounds? Sure. And secretly, there's a wonderful list of stories I'd love to get done this year. But finishing them or not isn't the main purpose because life tends to bend and play and twist in it's own unexpected ways making it maybe impossible or pointless to get specific stories (or even a specific number of them) done.
The joy of writing. That's why us writers write. That's why we start, and it's something so easy to lose track of. That's why, this year, I'm determined to stick to the plain, simple goal.
I'm going to write.
(Maybe I should make that into a T-shirt...
....and a banner.....
.....and a poster....
......and a coffee mug...)