Tuesday, 1 January 2019

Welcome 2019 – A Year of Creativity?

I love the beginning of a new year as it’s always filled with possibilities before reality kicks in and life gets in the way of best intentions! I’m off to a good start writing this before getting ready to have the first meal of the year with some of my family.

Towards the end of 2018, I was so busy that it wasn’t surprising I wasn’t firing on all cylinders by Christmas Day, after cooking the dinner. At least I haven’t been over-indulging with food and chocolate, however, so that’s a positive.

After bringing out two relatively short books, (one children’s middle grade, one novella) and helping daughter to publish her short story and flash fiction collection – all in the last two months of the year, I’m now reviewing my writing.

I would like 2019 to be more about creativity rather than rushing to get things finished. It’s partly my own fault as I have so much unfinished work but I want to slow down a little and enjoy the creative process again. At least that’s the intention, although I suspect I work best to deadlines – will maybe have to make them more realistic this year!

One of daughter’s lovely gifts, My Creative Journal, will help by giving me something to focus on. Together with some of the other creative or inspirational gifts she gave me before, and some I already had, I’m hoping to allow time to put some of the suggestions into practise. Some of them are about being more mindful, another way to help focus the mind on one thing at a time!

Meanwhile, I still have three full-length novels awaiting completion, not to mention all the other ideas and shorter items in various places so a little bit of forward planning is called for before routine returns to normal on Monday. Plus, there are the novels awaiting my adjudication and written critique for the Pitlochry Award at the SAW annual conference in spring – thankfully only the first 15,000 words of each to be placed by the beginning of March. It’s an enjoyable task and I’m always interested in other people’s creative imagination, but I’ll space it in between my own work.

Wishing you a happy, healthy and creative 2019,


Maria said...

Hello Rosemary, I love your creative goal, mine will be similar this year.
I fell down a rabbit hole last year and lost my way, so it's time to climb out and do lots of fun things to fill the well.
The Artist's Way is such a good book, I followed the programme in 2017 and after a week something magical starts to happen. It's a good place to start on any creative journey.

I'm looking forward to hearing all about it. Best wishes for the year ahead.

Rosemary Gemmell said...

Thank you very much for your kind comment, Maria. I didn't get right through The Artist's Way last time so will try and complete it this year. The Creative Journal looks like a positive aid too. All the best with your own creative journey this year!

Julia Thorley said...

Have you read 'Bird by Bird' by Anne Lammott? She advocates taking everything one step at a time and enjoying the ride. Here's to a creative new year!

Patsy said...

Happy New Year, Rosemary! I'm feeling quite positive at the moment, so I'm going to say yes to this beong a year of creativity.

Carolb said...

Happy New Year Rosemary.

I've heard positive things from other writers who do journaling. Hope it is all successful for you and your creative year. :-)

Rosemary Gemmell said...

I've heard of that book, Julia, but have never read it yet!

Glad you're being positive, Patsy!

Thanks, Carol - keeping it up is the problem!