Wednesday, May 6, 2009
While you are reading this post I’m attending my niece’s college graduation. Friday my daughter will be graduating from college, and later this month one of my sons from high school. A friend is graduating with her masters in nursing, her oldest from college and her middle son from high school. To say change is in the air this time of year would be an understatement.
I often tell people that the month of May is worse than December at our house. I’ll be giving presents to all the people above so you can tell where I get most of that statement. All this graduating got me to thinking about change. Graduation is the end of one part of life and the beginning of another. Many people think of change or resolutions at New Years Eve but May can be a good time to check that list you made months ago and see if you are on track. With spring time bring change outside as a writer you should take the time to reevaluate what you have accomplished and plan for the months ahead.
These are a few things you might consider adding to your “to do” list. Should you attend a writing conference? Do you need to set a goal of attend two out of three monthly writers’ meetings during the summer to keep your mind on writing? Should you set time aside to read a book on how to write? Do you need to graduate to a different genre? Should you make plans to visit a place during vacation for research reasons? Should you think about joining a critique group or moving to another one?
Graduating is a step forward to the next challenge. Enjoy your accomplishments but don’t stop what you are doing instead make the next step forward to where you want out of your writing life.
Think about graduating to a different plane. Add to your portfolio, let go of what isn’t working, help someone else improve their writing skills, promise not to quit until “The End” is on the page or send that baby on its way even though you think it might kill you to do so.
Have you accomplished something and the time come to graduated to the next goal? Maybe graduated from one book to another or from unpublished to published or to a new understanding of conflict -- the list could go on and on.
This month’s theme is Mother’s Garden of Love. For all the times that I’ve graduate from one achievement to another my mother has been the supporter I could count on. I’m glad she was there to see each of my diplomas.