This time of year the blogosphere bursts with projects, projections, plans, aims and objectives. Weight will be lost. Fitness regimes will be instantiated. Old hobbies will be pursued and new ones taken up. Ambitions will begin to be realised. And so forth. I don’t generally make new year’s resolutions but I do like to make plans for the year which embody a vision of where I want to go. I don’t feel the need to start a fitness regime because I already do yoga – though more walking couldn’t hurt, so I’ve done a bit of that.
I find walking on my own a very contemplative activity, particularly if it takes me away from my usual environment. Hence I went for a drive the other day with only the vaguest idea of where I would end up; and where I ended up was Cropston village at the top of the reservoir. Knowing that the reservoir backs onto Bradgate Park, I formed a scheme: I would walk down to the park and all the way round its perimeter. Which I did; this being a walk of about six miles all told. Then yesterday morning, inspired by OH’s new regime which is to go for a run every day at six am (yes, I know) I drove up to Beacon Hill and went for a short but very brisk, cold walk before Quaker meeting.
But the main part of my vision is of course writing; and so I’ve formulated plans for the year involving where I want to be in December and working back from there. I found a really good idea in Paul McKenna’s book ‘I Can Make You Rich’ which I mentioned a few weeks ago in which he uses visualisations to create a picture of the future.
First on one side you draw a big picture (either on paper or in your mind) of where you want to be at the end of the year. On the other side you draw a much smaller picture illustrating where you are now. Then in between you create pictures which get larger each time creating a timeline between now and the future and illustrating your progress. I’ve found these to be very powerful.
My aims for this year are to publish (or have accepted) a full-length work; either a novel or a collection of poetry, and to get an agent. To this end I will send off one thing every month and I will find out the best way to approach agents. And as far as this blog’s concerned, I’m aiming for 1000 readers. I know it’s been a bit quiet over Christmas but that’s only to be expected, but we’re back now. And don’t forget that my 500th follower will receive a FREE volume of my poetry.
So if you’ve enjoyed this blog, tell others. If you haven’t, tell me (but tell me nicely please.) And let me know how you’re getting on with your writing projects.
Happy New Year!