To make or not to make resolutions - that is not the question. Either way, it can't be denied, we have a front row seat for tomorrow, and an opportunity to dream.
For the writer, the new year can mean an opportunity to stretch himself. The chance to write something difficult, daring, or cinematic. My hope for each of you is that 2010 is a year of intentional living. A year of examining what you do and why you do it in order to bring meaning and purpose to your life- and your writing.
And while I fall well within the camp that poo-poos making New Year resolutions, I want to share with you my intentional living goals for 2010.
1) Pray on a step-by-step basis about this roller coaster of an industry called publishing. This is about keeping short accounts with God this year - of keeping it real in my relationship with Him in order to serve His purposes (whatever they may be) and not my own.
2) Check my ego at the door. I've learned over the years that my life has very little to do with me. I gave my life away a long time ago, and I'm learning to hand it over to God in increasingly larger chunks as the years go by. I love writing fiction, I love learning the craft and pushing myself to improve as a writer and storyteller - but at the end of the day, it isn't about me. Galatians 6:14 is my verse in this matter.
3) Say no. Ugh. So hard to do. There are so many things that need doing - important things. How am I going to know what to say no to? See number 1. Then I have to pray for the ability to actually say no. So many appealing ideas and opportunities can come down the pike. But I'm only one person, and I can only do so many things before my eyes spin and my ankles wobble and my brain falls out my left ear. Ya know?
4) Relax. Anyone who works from home knows it's difficult to maintain the barrier between work and family life. I've noticed many times in 2009 when I missed opportunities to be fully present with my family (especially my gaffers) because of busy brain disease. I'll be using positive self talk, prayer, and family support to help me with this one.
5) Be a better writer. I've learned I'm a lousy multi-tasker. But I'm very good at taking one topic, going deep, and learning as much as there is to learn about it. That is my approach to improving my writing skills in 2010. I'll be focusing on specific aspects of novel writing, and going deep, learning as much as I can, and then putting it into practice. It may not be the fastest way to learn, but it's the way that works for me.
What about you? Have you a list for intentional living? What is on your top 5 of things you want to live out in 2010? I'd love to hear it!