If you had to choose one single word to epitomize your approach to the coming twelve months, what would it be?
A watchword is more flexible than a goal or a resolution. More like a theme, defined as an idea that recurs and pervades.
I last played this game in 2014, when I chose MORE (click here to read that post and the comments, where you’ll find some interesting choices). I already had a specific, measurable writing goal for the year—to finish my contemporary romance WIP—but I knew I was letting my inner editor hold me back. I kept under-cooking the conflict, emotion, action, tension, everything…so I chose an intangible, aspirational word to remind me to go for it.
This year I want my watchword to be a call to action, so I’ve chosen PUBLISH.
It doesn’t mean I expect Alexis to be published by the end of 2017, though that would be thrilling. It means that everything writing-related that I do this year should be directed towards that end. By next New Year’s Eve, at the very least I should know the specifics of how and when Alexis Book One, and the Caldermor series, will get published.
I believe I will need six full-length books and three novellas to tell Alexis’s story. I hope I’ll gather momentum as I go, but I’m not a fast writer. So with a following wind and a lot of luck perhaps I could get to the big finish by Christmas 2019. Yikes! That’s three solid years of Alexis and Kierce. I’m excited by the prospect of spending three years with these characters, but it’s a big challenge. I believe I’ll do a better and faster job with them if I have a specific outcome to aim for.
So—PUBLISH is my watchword for 2017. I like it!
What would you choose?