Asking writers to analyze themselves is like asking a cat to be aloof, shed fur and practice a condescension while sleeping on your face. It’s just what we do. This time of year is often a time when everyone is reflecting, summarizing or evaluating what has happened in the last year. It’s not a bad practice if we truly learn from the past. I’m not convinced that society as a whole does, but writers can and should.
Here are a few questions to ask yourself at this time of year, when you’re reflecting on how 2014 treated you as a writer and how you treated yourself.
1. Did I become more confident over the last twelve months? If not, why not?
2. Did I prevent rejections or setbacks from discouraging me?
3. Did I allow time regularly to write?
4. Did I mute voices from my past and wrote anyway?
5. Did I connect with other writers for support and encouragement?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, then you are better writer than you were last year. If you said no, then you can see where you can improve. Changes in confidence, attitudes, time management and even community are all good and achievable goals for 2015.
Perhaps these dark, contemplative days are a good for us. They give us the opportunity to learn and grow. But if we all we do is examine our navels then we haven’t accomplished everything. Tomorrow is a new day. 2015 is a new year and can be the best one yet.
Also? Start it by joining our Facebook group: 10 Minute Novelists. We’re a bunch of time-crunched writers of all kinds who are pursuing our goals just like you.