Today it’s my turn to share my ‘Creative Goals for 2011’ as part of the fantastic ‘Creative Odyssey Blog Hop‘ put together by Jess. There are lots of amazing bloggers taking part, so be sure to check out the full schedule. To give you just a little taste of the fine company I’m keeping, yesterday the Blog Hop visited the delights of ‘Tasha Chawner‘ and ‘Sweet Rustic‘, and today Alanna from ‘Bobishi and Suki La‘ will also be sharing her creative goals.
While I’m feeling a bit overwhelmed with ideas and projects at the moment, I thought I’d restrict my creative goals to a more manageable number of ‘three’.
No.1 – Finish two manuscripts (one fiction and one non-fiction):
I’ve been a bad writer. Not the writing, the words have been fine … this ‘badness’ is all levelled at me and my undisciplined writing habits. Over the years I’ve started off many pieces of fiction and even a few non-fiction works, but I’ve never pushed myself to completely finish ANY of them. Next year this WILL change, and I’ve already selected which projects I’ll be drafting up first. Perhaps this will mean my bookshelves will one day hold a copy of one of my own books?
No.2 – Be inspired by travel:
The Mr. and I have been planning an overseas adventure for a while now, and next year will be the year that it’s going to happen. Even though we’ve changed our intended destination a few times, the bottom line is that it will be overseas and it will be fabulous. I’ve felt the pull of travel for a very long time and I can’t begin to imagine the ways in which it will influence my writing and change my perspective. Given that my novel is partially set in England, travel will come in very handy indeed for my first goal too!
No.3 – Master some craftiness:
I used to be a very crafty person (not ‘tricky’ you understand, just good with handmade-y things), but then I got a little older and just stopped making. There is such pleasure to discover in making things yourself, and it’s a feeling I’d like to rediscover again. While crafting can sometimes bring challenges and frustrations, the end result of creating something is incredibly rewarding. I’m thinking a little knitting, a little crocheting and (fingers crossed) a little sewing will be just the thing for the new year.
So that’s enough about me for the time being. I hope you’ll be ever so kind to wish me luck with my creative plans. The only challenging part (well apart from staying committed to them of course), is to MAKE the time to achieve them, not just hope I’ll magically FIND the time … Now, who do I need to see about getting some extra hours put into the day?
Do you have some creative goals and dreams of your own for next year?