NOW! Have you picked your word yet? No? THAT’S OK, here’s some help!!!
Susannah Conway has made her Find Your Word 2019 workbook available, so be sure to check that out. She’s fantastic. The Goal Chaser gives some pointers on how to pick a word and a list of 300+ potentials.
I’m working on my Susannah Conway packet from the previous year and going through days 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5 on the way to selecting a word for the year; I’m jotting notes on paper and on the computer and diligently thinking deep thoughts. Then I happen to look down at my netbook and see my latest Nanowrimo sticker, which reads “time to write.” It is, isn’t it. It’s time. Time to make time to write. Write now, right now.
My forever-issue is that I’m terrible with consistency. I can do big colorful bursts of new happy fun fun pizzazz, but my habit always runs out and I’m left in a field of wildflowers wondering when and where it was I went off the tracks. So I go into a stream of consciousness jotting jag, flipping through the best “motivational quotes” Google images can throw at me. Trying to get to the core of what it is I want to do with my year, how I want to focus my energy:
Repeat. Try again. Restart. Begin again. Keep going. Keep on keepin’ on. Be brave. Reach for the stars. “Make it so.” Persist. Persevere. Stay the course. Hold fast. Be stubborn. Hang tough (you are strong enough). KEEP ON. “Stay on target!” Keep on striving. STRIVE. Fail better. “Pain is a doorway.” Failure is a doorway? “Good things happen when you go for it.” Do it, just do it. (Yesterday you said today.) In for a penny, in for a pound. Give it your all. “Find what you love and let it kill you.” Work hard. Percolate! Commit to the page. Do the work. GRIND.
And that’s the word that resonates like a gong, and I feel YES in response to this discovery. I want to work hard. I want to keep going when the going gets tough. I want to cut the crap (of excuses why I’m not writing; of excess words from my writing). I want to put my shoulder to the wheel, nose to the grindstone, and make something more focused, more honed, as a result.
verb (used with object),ground or (rare)grind·ed;grind·ing.
to wear, smooth, or sharpen by abrasion or friction; whet.
verb (used without object),ground or (rare)grind·ed;grind·ing.
to be polished or sharpened by friction.
Informal. to work or study laboriously (often followed by away).
Digital Technology. (in a video game) to perform a monotonous task repeatedly in order to advance a character to a higher level or rank.
I’ve been thinking about what I want to select for my word or phrase of the year for 2019. I like phrases because they have enough association in the stream of language to have accumulated some fun visuals, which can be encouraging. Below are the honorable mentions and runner-ups. (Runners-up?)
December has arrived. How did your Nanowrimo go? How many books did you read this year? How did your word of the year go? Have you thought about what to select for your next one? The last month of the year is all about reflection, summary, arranging the narrative in a way that makes sense. And thinking about goals for the year to come. What do you want to accomplish in 2019? How did your goals for 2018 go, what were your roadblocks, what were things that worked well?
I didn’t win Nano this year, and I have mixed feelings about it. I’m glad for the writing I accomplished and disappointed in myself that I didn’t work harder to meet my goal. I’ve completed 25 books as of now and may finish a few more because I can sometimes listen to audiobooks at work. I think despite all the ups and downs inherent in a year, my word (phrase) of the year “get up and go” went pretty well. I’ve been thinking about selections for the upcoming but I’m not quite ready to share.
My writing has been through good and bad patches. Journalling seems to be what I’m drawn to most naturally so I’ve tried to accomodate that natural instinct. I’ve met with my awesome writing group countless times to great effect, and attended several write-ins that were great for productivity as well as morale. I kept teaching writing classes and feel good about that. My reading has been slow this year, as intended, to give myself a break from the previous year’s supersonic speeds.
Exercise comes and goes. I get into a great groove and then it falls apart, and I don’t realize until long after I’ve stopped. Then at some point I start again. I’m not sure how to fix this. My cleaning is at an all-time high for the year, following my family’s visit for Thanksgiving, and my laundry is at an all-time low. I’m certain I’ve increased the number of rainbows in The House of Rainbows. I hope your year has treated you kindly, and you have accomplishments you can feel good about.