I’ve been playing the “what if?” game in my head a lot over the past couple of months as we finally closed on a house, renovated it, moved out of the old place. Not much time for writing, lots of time for thinking in there.
What I’m thinking is that it’s time for some changes. Â For the past handful of years I’ve been trying to build a coaching business. Â As always, I thought I had to do something else and have my writing on the side. Â But my writing has suffered for that idea, and I really don’t like it. I want to have my writing be my main focus. Â Yes, I have a day job. But after that I want the writing to be my big thing. Â I will probably still teach some classes and maybe still lead the writing retreat I’ve been dreaming up. Â But I want to be a writer first.
I don’t entirely know how this is going to look. Â I’m thinking about things like pen names and new websites. Â For now, I’m going to stick with this site and dive back into writing.
I’m taking a 14-week short story class that starts at the end of January. Â Then in late April, right as the long class wraps up, I’m taking a weekend-long short story intensive. And then I’m going to submit stories! Â In the long class, the final assignment is actually to write cover letters for our stories so we can send them out. Â This feels like a pretty good start to focusing on my writing.
I’m also planning on getting back to being a regular ROW80 participant. Â Round 1 of 2016 starts tomorrow. Â Here are my goals:
- Write at least three days a week
- Focus on story writing and description work (I tend to be sketchy on my descriptions, so I need more practice on that) more than on free writing
- Go to PDX Writers Saturday workshops at least once a month
- Post regularly for ROW80 and check in on other blogs
This feels like a pretty good list to get the year started, and I feel like these goals all blend well with the class work I’ll be doing. Â I’ll be back on Wednesday to check in.