Recently, I pinned a whole bunch of journal prompts on Pinterest. I figured I could use them for ideas for posts here and on my breast cancer blog.
I’m starting today with: Five Things I’d Like To Do More
- Write. This is probably on every writer’s to do list. We’re writers, but sometimes we can’t find the time to write. I’ve struggled over the past year with writing due to chemotherapy and “chemo brain.” I couldn’t write, no matter how hard I tried. The fog cleared and boom! I was able to finish one book and articulate ideas for two others. It’s such a great feeling. So that’s absolutely number one on my list. Write write write.
- Build friendships. I don’t mean networking, though that does often happen naturally when you build friendships. I’ll save that for another goal, though. I have little friendships here and there with people in the book community, some of which I haven’t been able to give proper attention to since getting sick. I want to work on those.
- Network. This is another thing that’s probably on every writer’s list. I believe networking is crucial for success in any field. I remember when I was on a nationwide marketing committee, one of the other members said “Why try to create something new when someone else is probably already doing it better?” I know that’s kind of sketchy to say as a writer, but I’m not talking about books here. I don’t mean everyone should go create their own versions of Harry Potter and Fifty Shades. But why reinvent the newsletter wheel? Swag? Networking is about helping each other out and sharing ideas. I have made so many connections since I published my first book 3 years ago, and I really want to get organized and network with these folks.
- Live. I love to read. I love to write. I love my day job. But sometimes I have no life. Seriously. I get up, go to work, come home, read, maybe write, go to sleep. Repeat. Hubs and I made a list on Day Zero Project and we have begun working on it. It’s like a mega bucket list. We have a “Someday” list with more extravagant adventures, and a “101 in 1001” list for more realistic things (that’s 101 things to do in 1001 days).
- Market myself. It’s probably my weakest area, which is ironic since I used to do work in marketing. It’s hard though. Being a brand yourself and having to sell it–that takes a lot of faith and hope and energy. But that’s what I’m going to do. I’m going to believe in my brand and do my absolute best.
What is something you’d like to do more of?