Non-Fiction, Writer Stuff

2017 Day One

I decided to take a moment, during the final hour of the first day of 2017 to take stock of where I’m at currently, where I’ve been for the twelve months prior, and more importantly, where I want to go from here.

2016 was not my most favorite year for many reasons. I could go through a whole litany of whys, but I’ll spare you all the “woe is me” bullet points and just say it sort of sucked in a lot of ways. Not all of it was bad. There were also some good points, but I’m in the sort of place right now that it’s difficult for me to see those bright shiny moments for the depth of the dark, murky waters where they’re currently residing.

I’m sure, given some time and distance, those more favorable moments will float to the surface, their clarity and importance becoming more and more visible.

Enough about that. On to more pleasant thoughts.

I am looking forward to this year in terms of my writing and where it’s headed. I’ve been working on the pre-writing and plotting for a new story. This will be the first time I’ve actually plotted out a story from start to finish. I usually just jump in and then come to a screeching halt somewhere before mid-point. I’m so impressed with how well it’s coming together that I plan on applying what I’ve learned to my other works in progress that have sort of stalled out this past year. If you’re a writer and want to find out more, you can check out Shaunta Grimes’s site here. She has lots of options for whatever stage of the writing process you’re in.

Of course, I also have the usual hopes for the New Year that many folks can probably relate to. I need to be more mindful, more organized, more open and available to improving my health and wellbeing. Let’s see, what else? Oh, yeah, to get more sleep. Which brings me to the close of this post.

Happy New Year! 

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