2015 is going to be a year of pushing myself — a year of self-improvement and accomplishment. After reading an article by Suzanne Brazil on BooksByWomen.org (“What I Learned From My Writing Retreat”), I was inspired. Suzanne talked about how at the beginning of the retreat, the attendees had to write down their intent for being there and then share it with the group. Suzanne noted that she started crying as she shared her statement of intent. The retreat coordinator explained that writing from the heart elicits emotions and there would be others who would have similar responses.
What a horrifying thought — not that Suzanne cried (that’s a reaction I can definitely relate to), but that you tell one or many people about why you write. And then it hit me: that until I can state my intention for writing, I am lost.
I have big plans for 2015. In addition to getting married, I’m making plans to attend a writer’s conference in Portland. I’m more committed than ever to getting published in a traditional format and writing more stories than ever. And as we start a new year, it seems like a good time to make my own statement of intent.
Rather than make a “new year’s resolution” (which I believe sets many people up for failure), I’m going to state my intent for writing in the new year.
What do I want to achieve by the end of 2015?
- Attend the writer’s conference in Portland
- Complete one manuscript, in fine shape for submission
I’m not going to defeat myself now by explaining the how and when of my plan. And I’m not going to overwhelm myself with too many goals. This is my intent for 2015. Wish me luck, and please leave a comment if you have any “intents” for your writing in the new year.