Like all new years, it is welcomed as an opportunity for new beginnings.
“New year’s babies” are born.
New year’s resolutions are made.
We turn our backs on the previous year and look forward to future possibilities.
It is a time when writers (and aspiring writers) set goals. We shake off the failures and disappointments of the past and vow to do better.
Improve our skills.
In our personal lives, especially in times of emotional trouble, “taking it day-by-day” is often good advice.
But what about writers?
It’s often hard for those of us who are planners, list makers and goal setters to take it one day at a time.
We plan. Look at the year ahead. The big picture.
Writers break goals down book by book, chapter by chapter, scene by scene, page by page.
Often, even word by word.
Breaking our writing into increments that are too small won’t get that book written; taking on too much will often lead to frustration and disappointment.
In the end, we must attempt what is challenging, yet doable.
Meeting our goals for 2022 will lead to bigger and better ones in the years ahead.
The “New Beginnings” today will be tomorrow’s achievements.