I’m a little late, but once again, I’m joining my fellow bloggers in choosing One Word to guide me through the year. My word in 2016, FINISH, was chosen to motivate me to complete my first novel, which I’d been working on sporadically for several years.
That Word, plus the opportunity to meet with agents and editors at a national conference in August IF the book was finished spurred me on.
FINISH, I did.
However, there’s a big difference between completing a first draft and having a polished, marketable manuscript. Having worked as an editor, I knew that. But I got in a rush. However, it was brought home to me anew when I didn’t get picked up by an agent nor hear back from that editor. Consequently, choosing One Word to guide me this year was easy.
My word for 2017 is REVISE.
According to the dictionary revise means to reconsider and alter (something) in the light of further evidence.
Even though revising that novel is at the top of my To-Do List, I’m applying my word on a larger scale as well. Here are a few things I’ll be reviewing and possibly changing in 2017.
Looking back at my 2016 calendar nearly wore me out. I knew I’d been gone a lot, but listing the trips, conferences, and retreats was an eye opener. In 2016, I
- Made six trips to our condo at Navarre Beach
- Attended four conferences (two were multi-day events)
- Attended two overnight writers’ retreats
- Hid out at The Writers’ Colony at Dairy Hollow twice to work on the book
- Spent several overnights with out-of-town friends
- Entertained family for major holidays
- Traveled for a granddaughter’s college graduation and to help a grandson move to the big city
In between, I managed to socialize with friends, host the writers’ group that met at my house once a month, and attend another monthly writers’ meeting in Searcy–that usually involved going up the day before and spending the night before with a friend. Then there were two devotionals I contribute to, and you know how Facebook can eat into a day.
See what I mean?
I don’t know about you, but I am NEVER at my best when I’m tired. Consequently, I’ve decided to keep closer tabs on how I spend my time this year and to make adjustments to get rid of activities and relationships that steal my joy while adding those that increase it.
SOME THINGS WON’T CHANGE
- We love the beach, and now that we have our own place, we’ll continue to go there at least four times a year. (Yes, I feel blessed.)
- We don’t want to miss being with family on holidays and showing up at our grandchildren’s important events or to help them.
- I’m a social person so getting together with friends is important to my wellbeing. I’m looking forward to occasional coffee or lunch dates.
- Writing can be a lonely endeavor, so I’ll continue to meet regularly with other writers.
- There’ll be lots of lap time with Max, Timmy & Lola–Nothing like a purring cat to relax you.
SOME THINGS I’LL NEED TO DO
As a person who struggles with people-pleasing, I’ll take a deep breath and
- Give myself permission to say NO.
- Limit the number of meetings I attend and volunteer less.
- Adopt a more formal schedule to revise the book, which will mean ignoring the phone and email during those hours.
- Research publishers and agents. Then submit the manuscript and other things I write. (There are lots out there, you know.)
Some people also choose one Bible verse or a quote to inspire them during the year. In the past, I haven’t done that, but there’s a phrase from Psalm 46:10 that has been rolling around in my soul for over a month.
Be still and know that I am God.
As I pondered those words recently, I glanced down at the charm on a bracelet Maria had given me for Christmas. I’m not sure why, but the engraving hadn’t registered with me until that moment. Look at what it said.
What better way to start each day of the year?
What about you? Did you make any resolutions or choose a word or quote to mark the beginning of 2017?
I’d love to hear about it.
And I’ll keep you posted on how things go with the book.
He says, “Be still, and know that I am God;
I will be exalted among the nations,
I will be exalted in the earth.”
©Reflections from Dorothy 2017