Each year, I choose an annual theme, an idea I originally got from Steve and Vicki Palmquist of Children’s Literature Network.
But it’s been so hectic lately I haven’t yet chosen mine for 2012. Which should be a good clue. I need to FOCUS! There are lots of ways I need to apply this theme to my writing life:
- I need to focus my actual writing. In picture book after picture book, my issue is that there’s not enough focus. The conflict I set up doesn’t quite match the resolution. So even though the character succeeds, something feels off. Must work on that!
- I need to sharply focus my time. My income was down more than 50% last year (I’ll be sharing my annual money post in the next month or two after I do taxes), so I have to focus on income-producing writing.?So in order to have any time at all for writing that may or may not generate income, I have to cut all the fat out of my schedule. I just took a leave from one of my critique groups, and I might have to make that permanent. I’m looking at all my habits, from blogging to social networking to marketing, to figure out which ones stay and which ones go.
- And then, whatever I’m working on at the moment, I need to focus and give it 100%. I’ve been practicing yoga for a year now, and I really think that has helped me learn to clear my mind. I’ve got to work on that skill even more for 2012. My first step to that will be keeping email and Facebook closed except for my quick check-ins between tasks. So I might still open them hourly, but I won’t click through to them every few minutes to check things.
I know Becky Levine posted her annual theme?and maybe lots of other people have, too. Do you have a particular word, theme, or feeling you’re working on in 2012?