Happy winter ,
I don't know about you, but ever since Winter Solstice last Tuesday, I've been feeling that turning inward and self-reflective energy like woah.
Earlier this month I wrote to you about finally writing and submitting a poem in December.
The thing is, that was the only poem I submitted this year. Yup. That means I've had exactly 0 poems published in 2021.
And you know what?
I'm living a winter season with my writing this year.
I'm no stranger to winter writing years.
In 2017 I barely wrote or submitted, and I had only one poem published. But then came spring and what I came to call my "Publication Summer."
During summer 2018, I had the pleasure of having five publications released in the span of three months, the fruits of many seeds planted during prior seasons.
Over the last few years I've embraced and learned to ride the waves of these ebbs and flows, while setting intentions and celebrating each bit of progress. Yay to progress over perfection!
And to help me use my creative energy more intentionally, I've also learned more about the relationships between my own creative cycles and other cycles in the natural world, like the seasons, moon cycles, and menstrual cycles. (For more on those topics, look up Kate Northrup's "Upward Cycle of Success" and Nicole Gulotta's "Productivity Secrets for Writers.")
So in this winter of a winter writing year, I'm preparing to sink into my annual ritual of reflecting, setting intentions, and charting a course for my writing life this upcoming year.
I'd love for you to join me for Part 1: Reflection.
Starting next Monday, I'll send you the first of four days of simple prompts to help you reflect on the outgoing year and consider how you might approach planning for the year ahead. (Don't worry, you'll be able to opt-out of the email series if it turns out it's not for you).
And if you already know you'll want to dive in with all ten prompts I've created for this annual ritual, you can grab your own copy of this year's updated workbook: Write Your Year: Reflect, Set Intentions, and Chart a Course for Your Writing Life.