Happy New Year! Are you excited for the new decade?? I am! Before I delve into why I’m so excited, you may have noticed that I took a hiatus on here in 2019. I chose to step back and focus on a couple other important things in my life. Including:
· Traveling to Vancouver, BC and Los Angeles
· Getting married to my best friend and celebrating with our loved ones
· Reading and recording for Book & Bitch
· Working on my novel, Ophelium
We often tell ourselves that we can have everything if we try hard enough. And that can lead to self-guilt and burn out. There were many moments in the past year where I felt FOMO or like I wasn’t trying hard enough. That if I was just better I could write blog posts and effectively do all of the above.
However, I chose to prioritize my sanity and my loved ones and focus on what mattered most in the moment. That doesn’t mean anything I stepped away from (including glcubel.com) was less important or less interesting. It simply meant that it had to wait its turn.
And you know what? When I focused in on a few things at a time I made great progress and was incredibly happy. Instead of feeling overwhelmed and guilty, I felt free and inspired to go all in on projects and to be present in the moment.
This year, I want to carry that feeling forward. My writing may ebb and flow as new priorities and projects come on board but the love I have for writing won’t.
I hope you’ll join me for more fun times and new writing advice. There are some exciting ideas in the works including downloadable worksheets; a new blog category; and bonus content for my novel and the Book & Bitch podcast.
So, to build off that commitment to focus in, here are some of my personal writing intentions for the new year:
· Avoid adverbs as much as possible
· Stop over-staging scenes! (People know how to open doors…)
· Trust that “said” is all my characters need
· Read with purpose
· Finish DIY MFA
· Become more active in the writing community
What writing intentions do you have for the new year? Are they concrete action items for your writing? Or multi-step larger ideas? Share in the comments below or drop me a line. I would love to hear from you!