Writing Goals For 2017: Allowing Yourself Some Rest

Do you ever feel guilty for not writing?

January, 19.

After publishing a weekly post in a consistent manner for a few months, I screwed up and totally forgot about the blog during December.

I felt awful.

So when I started planning my first post for 2017, I knew I had to start with an apology. It was the right thing to do.

Yet as soon as I began typing, I noticed something was off.

“Does anybody actually care about my apologies? With whom am I apologizing?”

When I bought this domain, one of my main goals was to stick to the habit of writing. I was already working as a copywriter and producing ten articles a week, but I wanted to write about other topics that interested me as well.

But now, 3 months after opening the blog, things have changed. I’m not only writing more than ever, but some other exciting news have come along the way:

  • I got my diploma in Screenwriting. I was lucky to met some wonderful colleagues and even started a promising project. Success.

  • I managed to write down the whole outline for my upcoming comic –and the visual style is gorgeous (my friend Angelica has some mad drawing skills. Check her art here)

  • I started studying illustration since I’m more interested in animated movies than live-action ones. (Hopefully, my storyboards won’t be filled with stickmen anymore.)

  • I’ve been rewriting and organizing a compilation of almost fifty poems I’ve written over the years. Planning to publish them this year through KDP (Kindle Direct Publishing.)

  • I’m still working as a copywriter.

And most important…

  • I’m making an honest living out of writing!

That’s something I never thought I could do, and I’ve been significantly happier ever since.

After not writing in the blog for a month, I realized I was blaming myself for not showing up. I was mad at myself for not being consistent, without actually taking a moment to reflect on how much effort I was putting into my writing.

In 2016 being a writer was just an idea, and now I was making some real progress.

Now it’s your turn:

We all procrastinate and forget about our word quota every once in and while. But when you take a look at the big picture, you can see how much you’ve managed to achieve.

Please take a moment to think about last year:

  • How much have you accomplished?

  • Have you improved?

  • What has changed from January 1, 2016, to this date?

 

Now take a deep breath and give yourself some credit for your accomplishments throughout the year. Be grateful for what you have and what you’ve done. Don’t apologize for slacking off and taking some time to rest every now and then. Energy is limited, and you have to make a life out of writing, not just a living.

If you’re not spending enough time with your family, your loved one, your friends, make some changes. Enjoy your craft, do something you deeply care about and have fun!

As for me, I’m going to keep writing for the blog. I’ll use it as a sort of writing journal to reflect on what it feels like to write a comic or anything related to my other writing and story projects.

I want the blog to be less of a burden and more of a space to create and share stories. A supporting platform for my writing and a channel to express all of those emotions that come with the writing life.

What about you? What are your goals for 2017? Feel free to share your experience in the comments section below.

I’ll see you up next time.

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