Lockdown squashed so many plans (including writing projects). I had to switch gears fast when childcare went out the window.
The one thing that helped me pivot quickly and less painfully was that I had already reflected, set intentions, and charted an ambitious but reasonable course for my 2020 Writing Life back in January.
When it became clear I had to let go of a lot to focus on my sanity and keeping everyone alive, I turned to those plans and quickly reprioritized.
I only published two new pieces in 2020.
Know why I don’t feel like crap about that?
Because it was an intentional choice I made when ish hit the fan.
I intentionally let go of revising & submitting.
I focused instead on other areas of my writing life that felt more easeful in this stage of my personal life (postpartum, in grief — Papi passed away Dec 2019) and in this current historical moment.
If publication had been my only measure of success going into the year, 2020 would have been a bust.
But publication was only one metric, and by many other accounts 2020 was a stellar Writing Life year for me because I:
- Offered three email series for my writing community (#PoetryPause, Author Platform Mistakes, and #WT2020),
- Taught a new cohort of writers how to build their first author websites,
- Raised funds for Women Who Submit and Raising Mothers,
- Prepared the Write Your 2021 workbook,
- Earned extra income,
- Appeared in some virtual readings,
- AND I even published two new pieces!
Oh and through all of that my two littles under 5 are alive and hubs and I still enjoy each other's company! #winning
As we approach 2021, I invite you to set yourself up for a successful new year (however you define successful) by completing my workbook for Writers & Creatives:
Write Your 2021: Reflect, Set Intentions, and Chart a Course for Your Writing Life.
In the coming weeks, please give yourself the gift of time to reflect on 2020 and set intentions for 2021.
I promise: you won't regret investing in yourself, and your intentional reflecting and planning might just save your behind when those 2021 curveballs come your way.
I'd love to help guide you: Write Your 2021: Reflect, Set Intentions, and Chart a Course for Your Writing Life.