Happy New Year!
As we stand on the threshold of the erased blackboard of 2010, I’m wondering if you’ve chosen the word that will be the North Star for your writing life in 2011. Not yet? Consider this.
Having a single word as an organizing priciple for your Productive Writer aspirations can be very powerful. At the start of each year, I choose a word to define the big-picture goal I intend to strive for (and reach) in the coming year. In 2009, the year that my book Writing the Life Poetic was published, I chose the word Author-ity and posted it right over my desk. Everything I did that year in my writing life was organized around establishing and nurturing my relationship with this new archetype taking shape in me.
At a recent gathering of poets, a dear woman mentioned that YES was the word she was now choosing to guide her life and her writing. And she was delighting in her plans to tattoo this word somewhere visible on her body where she could easily reference it.
The year my first book came out, my word was Author-ity. The year I invited my creative writing (versus my business writing) to start contributing a bigger slice of the financial pie, my word was Prosperity. My word for 2011 is Grace.
Think about what you want to feel, believe, accomplish, or become this year, and choose a word that is worthy of this goal. Then write it down somewhere visible, refer to it often, and let it remind you where you’re headed.