The end of the year offers a time for reflection, while the New Year is a time to make those resolutions that too often get broken.
I started 2011 with a shyness challenge with the goal of overcoming my shyness by the end of the year.
By August, I realized that too many of my friends were telling me that I wasn’t shy but quiet and reserved. I realized, too, that in most situations, I felt comfortable starting conversations with people I didn’t know, engaging in conversations in large groups and going to bars, dance clubs and parties by myself.
Though I’m reflective and spend a lot of energy on the inner life, I saw that I equally loved being social. The fact I seek the company of others probably indicated that I was not socially afraid.
So on to 2012.
I’m going to engage in a new challenge:
52: A Year of Writing Basics, Beliefs and Beauty.
Each week, I will tackle a writing topic, reflect on the writing process and remark on any beauty I find in the writing life. At the same time, I will try to get my work published and work on my fourth novel.
I’ll start with the basics, such as Plot, Setting, Character, Dialogue, Pacing, Arc and Tension.
I will reflect on how reading influences writing, what is creativity and what motivates and inspires.
I will talk about my struggles, frustrations and accomplishments as I look for an agent, write stories and poems, and try to market myself as a writer. I hope that as I write about writing, I will become a better writer and inspire a beginning or veteran writer to engage in the social side of writing: talking about the passion that gives life to words.