How did this past year go so fast? I’ve had enough birthdays to enjoy giving presents as well as receiving them and what a better time to do it than while celebrating another year of possibilities.
I love having a birthday in January because it’s the month of resolution making and breaking. The month for thinking ahead with hope of what the year might bring. The month when many things seem possible for each of us.
This year I picked my one word to help me focus for the rest of 2014. It’s kind of scary. I chose: DISCIPLINE.
“Keeping a journal is a good discipline for a writer.” This was one of the examples at Merriam-Webster. I like this use of discipline.
And then there was this:
1: to punish or penalize for the sake of enforcing obedience and perfecting moral character
I like the following much better.
2: to train or develop by instruction and exercise especially in self-control
So how can we discipline ourselves to achieve our goals and make it fun? I think it’s possible. So all I want for my birthday this year is your comments on how to make discipline fun.
Here’s a few links of interest I think can help.
- Turn Temptation Into Discipline
- 10 Disciplines for Fiction Writers
- Rules, Discipline, and the Paradox of Creativity
- “The Inflexible Routines”
Let’s get away from punishing ourselves and focus on gaining good stuff through our ability to do healthy things like, “Keeping a journal is a good discipline for a writer.”
My first step so far has been finding an accountability partner. And this year it will be my buddy Vicki Cato who writes Civil War romance fiction. This way we can build each other up and get the job done.
So leave a positive thought about how we can strive to have discipline in any area of our lives, just not in our writing lives, and you will be in the drawing. Feel free to share the word you chose this year too. Here’s what I’m offering you in celebration of my birthday on Jan. 11th.
I’ll be giving away five copies of my novels. You’ll have a chance to win your choice of, Secrets of the Heart, Chameleon, Mystery of the Heart and also two Amazon Gift Cards each worth $10.00. I’ll keep this going through midnight Pacific time on my birthday on Jan. 11th and post the winners on Jan. 12th. Void where prohibited as usual and all that stuff.
This week in Cincinnati we’re expecting a lot of Brrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr temps.
May God bless you with a wonderful year. Now, let’s have some fun and stay warm.