It’s a new year, the beginning of a new decade, the perfect moment to take stock. In recent years I’ve chosen a watchword to epitomize my approach to the coming twelve months. I’ve decided to continue the practice for 2020.
I like the idea of a watchword. It’s less prescriptive than a set of resolutions. More like a theme. An idea that recurs and pervades.
My word for 2019 was CONCENTRATE, defined as:
- To focus all one’s efforts on a particular project or activity; and
- To distil something to its essence by removing or reducing any diluting agents.
For 1., my priority project was to indie publish The Seeds of Power. I made it (just). Yay!
For 2., my intent was to remind myself of the choices I’d have to make in preparing the book for publication—content edits, title, genre positioning, covers, blurbs, and so on. I wanted the book to be professional and marketable, but most of all I wanted it to be the clearest, strongest, most intense version of my voice and story vision that I could achieve. I think I got that too. Double yay for 2019!
After three whole weeks as a published author I have a pretty good idea of how I want to approach 2020. First and foremost, my priority is to keep writing. I want to write a second Elan Intrigues story, provisionally titled The Pulse of Princes, and then update Alexis’s book. Second, I need to prepare The Pulse of Princes for publication. At least I have a better idea what to expect this time, and I found some great professionals to work with. Third, I need to get to grips with marketing. That’s the last part of the indie author trifecta. It’s not my strong suit, and it’s the bit I didn’t really get to grips with in 2019.
So: my challenge for 2020 is to learn how to write-publish-market, while still enjoying the maximum personal pleasure and satisfaction from my efforts.
After filling a notebook page with false starts, I chose my new watchword—WALTZ.
A waltz is a three-beat dance of balance and elegance. It mixes technical skills and creative artistry. It’s relatively easy to learn the basic steps, but to achieve excellence takes time and application. If done well, it appears effortless and brings joy to both the onlooker and the performer.
That’s what I aspire to in 2020.
How about you?
Happy New Year! And here’s hoping that this year all the Eight Ladies, readers and friends of this blog achieve their heart’s desire, whatever it may be 🙂 .