i can smile about it now but at the time it was terrible

Yeah, bye 2011. Apart from the last couple of months, you were rubbish.

I don’t really do New Year’s resolutions, because the truth is that I’m constantly resolving to do better and change things in my life. But this new year has fallen at an auspicious time for me, a time when I am already in the process of making big changes. So that whole ‘fresh start’ thing is a nice boost.

Amongst other things, I resolve to blog more often. I mean, at least once a week. If you don’t blog once a week, then you can’t really call it a blog, can you? So there’s a public declaration of intent… feel free to kick my butt if I fail on this one.

I’ve got a load of writing goals this year, the main ones being to finish what I start, and to get these damn novels written. I have three, in varying states of unfinishedness, and I need to whip them all into shape. Apart from that, there are various other goals, some of which will remain secret, and some which are just too pedestrian to recount here. But 2012 is going to be the year when my writing career starts kicking into gear. At least, that’s the plan.

My word for the coming year is COURAGE. I often lack it, and I need a lot of it. Sometimes it takes courage just to sit down and write something, ignoring the terrible voices that seem to have a lot invested in the idea that I can’t, or shouldn’t. It takes courage to do simple things, make big decisions, ignore petty people, stay focused. I know I will have a lot of challenges this year, and I hope I’m courageous enough to do what I need to do.

And as for you in 2012? May your neurons fire without fail; may your dendrites be stimulated; may your chemicals remain balanced; may your body support all your mind’s plans; and may the mysteries descend upon you.

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6 Responses to “i can smile about it now but at the time it was terrible”

  1. You and I both need courage this year, it seems. I’m with you all the way and we shall find it. Like you, I have many things in the pipeline – all needing the dreaded editing and I have to get over my fears to remember I’m not the only one doing all this – and, if they can, I can!

    Also helps to have a higher power and I only got one of those because AA said I should! They were right, though…

    Wishing you all the best and neurons on fire for 2012!

  2. You and I both need courage this year, it seems. I’m with you all the way and we shall find it.

    Like you, I have many things in the pipeline – all needing the dreaded editing and I have to get over my fears to remember I’m not the only one doing all this – and, if they can, I can!

    Wishing you all the best and neurons on fire for 2012!

  3. george says:

    Hi Heather, sorry you had to post twice! I always moderate the first comment, so I don’t get too many oddballs hanging around.

    Good luck with your 2012 projects! Personally I don’t mind editing. In fact, I really quite like it. But redrafting – that’s where I start coming undone…

    :)

  4. Yes, I guess you are right. I should have said redrafting – because that’s what I’m doing. Rewriting the whole thing would be a more honest term for it! Anyway, roll on the actual editing because that seems a more natural personal talent …

  5. Priya Sharma says:

    Georgina- have courage. I believe in you, as does everyone else who’s following your writing career. Just get your head down and write. Ignore your inner censor and make her work for you on the edits.
    xxx

  6. george says:

    Thank you Priya! I have to say that the people who read my work are the bestest, nicest, most intelligent people on the internet! I feel lucky :)