Okay here it is the middle of January and I’m still trying to wrap my head around the fact that a New Year has begun! Of course that means new projects and it also means TAXES!! My late husband was always in charge of that particular beast. He was organized. I am of the throw everything in a shoebox and sort it out as needed variety. So here it is time to sort!!!
I suppose one of the good things about starting a new year is that one is inclined to set goals and make resolutions. What I find as a writer is that it’s difficult to do that. Oh, I used to make all kinds of goal/resolutions–this year I am going to publish three books; this year I am going to win a major award; this year I am going to make a bestseller list; etc.
The problem with those goals/re3solutions was that I had no way to achieve them–they were dependent on outside forces. The only thing I had any control over at all was writing the very best book that I could and establishing my “brand” as someone whose characters touch hearts in a very real and human way. Having been in this business for a number of years now and having made most of the rookie mistakes writers tend to make I have “Zen-ed” into a frame of mind that allows me to let go of the need to “prove” myself with awards and lists.
These days I do the one thing I teach whenever I deliver a talk or workshop–in those settings I always tell my audience of writers (usually) that the ONLY reason to write and tell stories is because I can’t NOT write and tell stories. It’s in my DNA and double negative or not that is the bottom line. So goal for this New Year: write the best stories I can and whether they sell or win awards or not, move on to writing the next story and the next and…
Oh yeah, and get more organized about filing those receipts and papers I’m going to need for preparing taxes!!!