Not a new year’s resolution

The worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt.  Sylvia Plath

2013 was an interesting year for me. I faced a number of big decisions, ones that were going to affect my income and life-style but that had the potential to take me to places where I’d be much happier. Was happiness worth insecurity? Tough call.

I was lucky enough to have a lot of people on my side. People from the corporate world, which has generated much of my income, who were willing to work with the reduced availability that I was prepared to offer. People at home who wanted what was best for me (well within limits, bills do need to be paid and we need to eat!). New friends and acquaintances via twitter who seem interested in working with me on the new projects I have in train.

So the end of 2013, in a very real way, represented endings for me and the possibility for new beginnings.

And what of 2014?

I’m not a believer in resolutions. Lots of lists of things we either won’t do or will force ourselves to do. Things that we will deny ourselves or try to force ourselves to like. Is anybody seriously surprised that resolutions get forgotten so quickly on that basis? But 2014 is going to be such a new country for me that some plan seems sensible. And so what I am planning for the year is expansion.

At its most basic I am of course referring to expansion of work in the new areas I’m looking at. New authors to work with on editing their manuscripts. New companies to work with on smaller projects. But it is so much more than that.

  • I have half a dozen book ideas – some fiction, some not. I have a cookbook to complete by 14 February. How is that only three weeks away?
  • I have plans for a series of posts about editing for first time writers. I want to build on them and make the site a great resource centre.
  • I want to get serious about reviewing.
  • I want to get a real social life and see more of my friends. Get back in touch with people who I really like(d) but lost while I was working crazy hours on corporate projects.
  • I want to make my mental and physical world a bigger place and go exploring.

So, there you go. I want to expand me and my horizons and my goals and dreams. It will be interesting to look back in January 2015 and see where the expansion has taken me and what I have learnt along the way. I doubt it will be a linear journey but I have faith it will be a fun ride!

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