Our Writers in the Storm team chose single guiding words in 2016, and 2017, 2018, and 2019. We took last year off for Covid, but we’re ba-a-ack with new energy and new team members. We are ready for some writing in 2022!
My word for 2022: Patience
Being patient is not easy. Dealing gracefully with provocation and annoyance, with minimal complaint takes loads of practice. However, there are great benefits.
Good reasons for being patient:
- Taking a long view creates less anxiety.
- Becoming more patient is a way to deal with stress.
- Patient listeners have more friends.
A worthy goal, indeed.
My word for 2022: Believe
This last fall, I hired a coach to help me achieve the goals I want to achieve and it has brought home an important lesson. It is our own belief in our abilities, achievements, or talents that limits us.
Henry Ford said it best: “Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t – you’re right.”
So my goal for 2022 is to get out of my own way.
If anyone else has this same issue, high five to you! *smack* We’ve got this.
My word for 2022: Hope
2021 had personal challenges and reminded me of the ways we lay the groundwork for hope and edify readers through our characters. When we create relatable stories with fully developed characters (including flaws), we help create better worlds. Even if they are imaginary.
“I really do want world peace.”
-Gracie Lou, Miss Congeniality
(Apologies for the less-than-literary movie quote, but it seems to fit the feeling here.)
Happy 2022, Writers!
My word for 2022: Editing.
I have more than enough raw material to take me much longer than a year to edit. But this next year will be special. I want to celebrate the creative process involved in editing and to try and get my muse and my inner editor to learn to play together peacefully.
My word for 2022: Growth
I will focus on two different areas of growth. Personally: As a recent widow, I must grow into my new role as a single woman and I’ll help my grandchildren grow by sharing books and experiences with them. Professionally, I’ll focus on growing my brand, my daily word counts, and my newsletter membership.
A new year always brings challenges and opportunities. 2022 will have plenty of both. I intend to meet them with an open mind, ready to grow.
Now we’d love to hear from you! What one word will guide your writing life in 2022?
Best wishes to all of you, as you move into this new year filled with possibilities!
from Ellen, Jenny, Kris, Lisa and Lynette