This Writer's Life, Writing, Writing Process

Silence is Golden.

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Seeing in a new year always brings with it a clean slate and endless possibilities. For 2022, I’ve been making plans for my next writing projects, as well as my publishing plans for the year. So far, I feel as if I am starting from scratch and therefore, willing to try something new.

Last year, I wrote about the struggles I was experiencing and how persistence matters when it comes to writing. I had reached a point where I gave serious consideration to giving up writing altogether, as I was no longer getting any pleasure from it. I was in a dark place, but then, given the nature of what I write, I needed to be. While writing my novella, The Stranger Within, I needed to stay there.

A beta reader once told me to ‘go darker.’ I can do that!

I wanted the novella published before the end of 2021, so I had a deadline to meet as well. I made it, but by the end, I was mentally and physically exhausted. That year, I had two falls, causing injury to both knees, as well as the anxiety over COVID-19 and going through lockdowns. I had also lost my spark for writing and needed to find it again. What I needed was a break!

For 2022, I have made the decision to spend less time on social media, specifically Facebook and Instagram. For me, this is where a large part of the ‘comparisonitis’ comes from (and I’m sure you’ve all heard the stories the effects these networks can have on young girls, especially). Besides, being an introvert, I am much more comfortable blogging and writing newsletters.

It’s only early days, but so far, I believe I have made the right decision. I have taken the time to relax, read, plan my writing projects for the year, and come up with a business plan. I’ve even given my desk a long overdue clean out!

Perhaps this may lead to a more permanent arrangement. 😉

What plans do you have for 2022? What changes are you making to help reach your goals this year?

4 thoughts on “Silence is Golden.”

  1. It all sounds good, Debbie! My plans for 2022 writing include setting up a workplace again. (I’m sitting at the kitchen table as I type this, and it’s not even my table!) We moved house, and we still haven’t found a place, so we’re staying with our daughter and son-in-law for now. It’s wonderful because we get to help with the grandson, but it’s not very conducive to writing.:-)

    1. Thanks, Priscilla. Yes, that would make writing difficult! That’s a big transition, so don’t be too hard on yourself. Enjoy the time spent with your family. I’m sure the perfect house and writing space will turn up soon! 🙂

  2. I’m having to broaden my knowledge base across multiple technological aspects this year. I’ve got an outline for each month of what needs to be done and I’m keeping focused on the main goal and all the little steps I need to take to get there.

    1. Hi Carrie. I’ll also be broadening my tech knowledge this year. Sounds like a good plan! 🙂

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