Getting over our emergency Christmas is proving a longer, harder effort than I had thought. My brain is a puddle, so don’t ask me if I have written anything or created anything yet this year, because ain’t nothin’ goin’ on up there but clouds.
Just occasionally, I have flashes of conscious thought.
I got into a conversation with Writerfriend on New Year’s Eve about plans for the coming year, as I mentioned previously, and it occurred to me today, while mulling that conversation over, that having a word for the year for my creative endeavours as well might be a good way forward.
Having two might be argued as cheating. One word should fit all of my life, after all. And yes, it fits the overview of where I want to go this year, of who I want to be. My word represents the attitude I want to cultivate throughout the coming year. It represents my willingness to ‘have a bash’, to move away from a fear and scarcity mindset, away from perfectionism and Nigel.
So maybe a Creative Word isn’t so much a word for the year as a Creative Intention. A theme. A direction in which to move.
The word I have chosen is:
I want to deepen my writing, explore a more multi-layered story-world, deeper characters. I want to write an original work that displays this quality. In short, I want to get serious.
I suppose this is an extension of the intentions I was nourishing in the Autumn of 2013. The desire to read more quality fiction, the need to take my writing to the next level. I am currently making a plan to help me step into this new phase. It will involve:
- Reading lots of new, literary fiction (luckily, Santa was kind to me on this front, with a supply of yummy new novels!)
- Refreshing my basic writing skills
- Reading works on writing by published authors – A L Kennedy and Paul Auster are first on my list.
- Writing every day
- Making better use of my writers notebook.
At present it is quite a sketchy plan, but no doubt it will firm up into clear tasks. I don’t want it to get too firm. I want it to evolve and morph with my needs and creative interests. Nothing too concrete. It is an intention, a theme, after all.
And no doubt writing blog posts here will be part of that plan, as well as a commentary on progress.
So that’s my Creative Theme/Intention/Word for the year 2014.
What about you? What do you want to achieve? Is there a quality you want to invoke into your creative life, or are there specific works you want to make in the coming months? I’d love to hear about your plans in the comments section.