I’m not one for resolutions, but I do find that I spend a lot of time on reflections as we usher out the old and welcome the new. For the Write Or Consequences group, in 2016 we said good-bye to the ice-bucket and ushered in Pages or Pies – produce a minimum number of pages every week or get a pie in the face! And to add insult to injury, you gotta bring your own pie.
Between the four of us, we’ve published fifty blog posts and we’ve written and critiqued about a thousand pages. We’ve achieved goals, set new goals and continue to work toward publication.
On January 4th Sandra wrote about resolutions and gave some excellent tips to help us make and achieve realistic goals with her blog, Yet Another New Year’s Resolution.
In December 2015 Lorinda wrote about breaking larger goals into more manageable parts and in her own wonderful, unique way titled her piece When Pigs Fly.
Dawn reminded us why setting goals is important in June with her blog Goal Power.
In fact, when reviewing our blog posts for the last year, I’ve confirmed what I already knew – my blog mates are excellent writers who give damn good advice! We’ve talked about our writing life, improving craft, staying motivated and the flip side of motivation, procrastination.
Did I make the goals I set for 2016? Some of them yes, some of them no. Will I make my goals for 2017 – only time will tell. But I start the year with motivation and determination.
Before I end this, I want to share some of the things that made headlines in 2016:
Pokemon Go came and went.
Chewbacca Mom made us laugh.
Michael left Kelly and Angelina left Brad.
Snap chat overtook Instagram and Twitter.
Team USA dominated Rio.
After thirty years, Leslie Jones became an overnight sensation.
Cuba Gooding, Jr. brought OJ back to the headlines.
After 108 years the Chicago Cubs won the World Series.
And then there is the Curse of 2016 – To start the year, we lost David Bowie on January 10th. Christmas Day claimed George Michael. In no particular order, other larger-than-life famous people who died this year include Gene Wilder, Muhamad Ali, Prince, Garry Marshal, Arnold Palmer, Nancy Regan, Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, Fidel Castro, Alan Thicke, John Glenn, Patty Duke, Alan Rickman, Merle Haggard, Zsa Zsa Gabor, Garry Shandling, Morley Safer, Florence Henderson, Glen Frye, Doris Roberts, Janet Reno and Harper Lee. This isn’t the full list, just some of the most recognizable names. And – the year isn’t over yet! Will the 2016 curse strike again? Carrie Fisher suffered a major heart-attack on December 23rd and is still in intensive care.
This is the world we live in. As writers we find inspiration from headlines, from life, dreams, conversations … and reflections. Here at Write Or Consequences we set goals and we hold each other accountable with consequences.
Have you written today?
Terri Richison (writing as Terri Rich) lives in Clear Lake City, TX with her husband and a giant Great Dane (giant even by Great Dane standards). She is working on self-publishing women’s fiction and avoiding getting a pie in the face if she doesn’t produce pages for every critique session! PIES OR PAGES! Terri started telling stories almost as soon as she could talk – she learned everything she needed to know about storytelling at her grandmother’s knee. Craft however, is something she is still learning – those damn commas give me nightmares!