2022 Commitments

‘YOU DON’T HAVE TO BE EXTREME, JUST CONSISTENT.’

2022 quote of the year.

I love the start of a new year.

In my mind, it’s a perfect reset. The morning I wake up on January first, it’s a brand new year, a brand new chapter; the moment I can start from scratch.

‘This year will be different,’ I always exclaim. ‘I’ll be more motivated, more productive, more inspired than last year.’ And while this hasn’t exactly rung true over the past few years, there’s at least been a little improvement.

I struggled a lot to maintain my motivation throughout 2021. There are probably tons of reasons why, but I knew it was important that I re-evaluated my working life to fix the issue in the future. If I want to be a full-time, published author I need to start working like one. So 2022 is really all about creating that routine and forging that mindset.

I always give myself a yearly theme- something I want to work on for the next twelve months, based on how I operated the year before. I self-reflect about what worked and what didn’t, where I want to improve and what I want to change for the future.

2019 was ‘The Year of Me.’

2020 was ‘Hindsight 2020.’

2021 was ‘Reset, Renew, Repeat.’

For 2022, my yearly theme is: CREATE. Routine / Morale / Stories

A bit of a mouthful, and not as fluid as previous years. But for me, it works.

I want to create routine. I don’t have one. I pretty much write whenever I feel like it, and most of the time, I don’t. So giving myself a routine and a schedule will help me maintain consistency with my writing and ensure I get other important things done as well. Like chores.

I want to create morale. I am very much always down on myself about things I can’t control, especially those times I start comparing myself to others or when things just don’t seem to happen for me. I need to retain a confidence within myself and work on my self-esteem within social media.

I want to create stories. This isn’t a major change from any other year, but in 2022 I want to focus on the stories that I already have. The ones I still feel excited about after the first draft. I have querying plans, and they deserve my full attention to get them to where I want them to be.

I’ve also decided that in 2022, I am not going to have goals. The word is too strong, and I struggled with them this year. Instead, each month I’m going to have a set of things for me to ‘focus,’ on, and a ‘spotlight,’ which will be my main focus. That way, I’m not setting myself any expectations that I might not be able to fulfill if I’m unable to find the motivation. I don’t feel bad about not completing a ‘goal,’ because there are none.

Step two is to stop writing new projects. This was in fact a goal for 2021 which I promptly abandoned in order to write the entirety of my Middle Grade five book series. But this year, I mean it. I’m excited about the novels that I’ve already written and I’m excited to move forward with them. 2022 is all about rewriting and improving what I have instead of getting distracted with yet another shiny, new idea.

Step three is to think about consistency and routine. I tend to work in short bursts- writing lots for a few days, then nothing for the next week and repeat. But how much I’m working isn’t whats important, or at least it shouldn’t be. It doesn’t matter if I wrote 10,000 words in one day. What matters is a consistent output. I currently operate as such: spend a week not writing, get a sudden burst of energy, overwork the next few days because I spent so long not working, then suffer mild burnout and spend another week not working. By establishing a clear routine for life and writing, I’ll be able to stay motivated for longer stretches of time, steer off the burnout and maintain a consistent work flow.

What are your plans for 2022? Have you got anything excited planned for the new year?

Good thoughts and happy writing.

Published by sarahcahillwrites

Procrastination is my super power. I am a fantasy writer

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