By Kelly Carey
June is a time, even in New England, when we finally get to permanently switch out our winter boots for summer sandals, trade in our snow shovels for gardening spades, and get ready for the new schedules that school and summer vacation bring. It’s also a time when your writing habits need to adjust for all the sun, fun, and maybe little ones scurrying around your home. This is why 24 Carrot Writing invites you to celebrate June Year’s Eve!
June Year’s Eve is not so much about watching the ball drop, but making sure you don’t drop the ball on your writing goals. It’s a time to reassess, refocus, and reinvest in your plan so that you don’t let the lazy days of summer knock you off course.
You are officially half way through the year. Take stock of what you have accomplished and get ready to charge into summer and the second half of 2019 with goal-stomping gusto! You got this! And just to make sure you do, I’m re-posting our original Happy June Year’s Eve blog post from 2015. So get out those 2019 goals and give them a June Year’s Eve champagne bath!
Happy June Year’s Eve!
by Kelly Carey
In January, bubbly with champagne excitement and intoxicated by the shimmering crystal ball in Time’s Square, we all set down our writing goals. Since writers are ambitious dreamers, we probably set very lofty goals. To that I say, good for us! That drive and stamina to succeed will get our manuscripts published.
But did you over promise? Did some unforeseen event steal time and attention from your writing? Did your January va-va-voom sput-sput-sputter somewhere in March? Then I would like to be the first to wish you a Happy June Year’s Eve!
June marks the mid-year point and is an excellent time to track our progress and make sure we are well positioned for writing success. On June 1, writing goals and resolutions everywhere can be given a solid scrubbing and be reset, recharged and REVISED for success. You set New Year’s resolutions, now is the time for June Year’s resolutions.
As writers, we are not only intimately aware of the power of revision, but we are also experts at revising. It is time to apply that skill not to our manuscripts, but to our writing goals. Read through your goals, keep what is working and toss those goals that just don’t fit or make sense anymore. Maybe that middle grade novel whispered to you on a cold day in March (which frankly could have been any day in March since they were all cold) and you put aside your picture book plans. Perhaps you had a light bulb moment while attending a conference, reading a blog, or while brushing your teeth (true story, just ask Amanda!). Great! Time to make your 2015 writing goals match that reality.
Just reminding yourself of the promises you made and the plans you had will refocus your energy for the next six months. This is not a bash session. Do not beat yourself up over missed goals. You are not giving up, you are revising. What writer would forsake revision?
I’d like to clink a glass with you on New Year’s 2016 in celebration of hitting our 2015 writing goals. The best way to make this happen is with a serious mid-year goal revision.
Happy June Year’s Eve and happy goal revising!
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