I’m sure you’ve got your word of the year. Goody. It’s nice to have a guiding principle.
Now, what are you going to make happen in 2015?
I’ve seen that we glean the most satisfaction and actualization when we specify a creative edge for the year. When we dedicate ourselves to a very specific phase of the creative process and dig down deep.
Look at the following four creative edges in the writing process below. If you were to focus on one, which would give you the most satisfaction this year?
- Gaining confidence by getting your shaggy first drafts on paper
- Leaning into revision and polishing your writing
- Seeking and responding to useful feedback
- Publishing your writing
You may identify a different creative edge for yourself this year. Whether one of these is right for you or not, I assert that having one specific area of focus for the whole year will help you make satisfying progress. This is not to say you won’t dabble in other areas. But knowing where you need to apply your efforts will yield results you’ll love.
My focus for my writing will be on publishing my work. I’ve got several projects that I want to publish in new formats. I’m also focusing on making several new products to inspire writers and artists.
So my creative edge for 2015 is Products. It’s an edge because I will need to learn new skills. I’ll be forced to delegate. This edge forces me to grow in many ways. I’m so excited to know my focus because it means I can make decisions more easily and serve you, dear reader, much better.
Where will you place your focus in 2015? What’s your creative edge?
Leave a comment below to help stay on track with it. I won’t be pestering you all year, but simply committing here can help you hold your focus.