The year 2012 has been a big year. It's been mostly positive. I've undertaken challenges that have pushed me out of my comfort zone and my confidence has grown in leaps and bounds. While there have been disappointments, I've been able to put these into context. To learn from them and bounce back relatively quickly.
The biggest lesson has been to follow my muse. To believe in myself more and to push harder. Up until I've only worked on one book/project at a time. If I had ideas for other things, I would push them away and just keep trotting along with the one thing. This would make motivation hard to come by at certain points as inspiration waned and writing would become hard work.
My new work method has been to have a few things on the go. Then depending on my mood I would always have something I could dip into. I've been experimenting with this for a few months now and it seems to be working for me. When I get tired or hit a brick wall I move onto the new project, and then come back revitalised.
My greatest concern with this was that nothing would ever get finished, and I still don't know if this is a valid fear or not. What I do know that regardless of what happens I'm writing a lot more consistently and it's such a lovely process clearing the ideas out of my head.
Some achievements this year have been:
And next year I have some general goals:
I wish you all a Happy New Year. I hope 2013 is kind to you and that you look back on the year that was with a fond sigh.
Amra Pajalić is an award-winning author, an editor and teacher who draws on her Bosnian cultural heritage to write own voices stories for young people, who like her, are searching to mediate their identity and take pride in their diverse culture. She writes memoir, young adult and romance under the pen name Mae Archer.
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