A new year has begun and with it comes the inevitable resolutions. Forget the usual thoughts of losing weight, saving money, and all of those practical and healthy ideas that sound so good on January 1st. This year’s resolution ignores all of the traditional goals in favor of this: Get back into a regular habit of being creative.
The past year lacked the usual myriad of creative projects that I normally have going on at any given moment. Sadly, my biggest creative accomplishment of 2013 was finishing NaNoWriMo. Unfortunately, the novel that resulted was pretty awful and will likely be destined for the rubbish bin if I don’t come up with a clever re-write very soon. Other projects seemed to be half-hearted attempts as well and there are still several projects that I started in 2012 that remain unfinished.
So, welcome to 2014, the year of creative immersion. Here are my creative goals for the year:
- Write at least 200,000 words – 100,000 each of fiction/poetry and non-fiction
- Quilt or crochet at least 4 new blankets for charity
- Create 24 new paintings or drawings
- Make at least 10 new pieces of jewelry
- Create a new batch of wands for my Etsy shop
- Take at least 50 decent photos to share
- Finish at least 5 items from the Abandoned Projects Pile including:
- Crocheted vest (started last spring)
- Blue patch-work throw (from 2011 or 12)
- Photo pendants for the shop (from 2012)
- Woodland Santa cross-stitch (started so long ago that I can’t remember what year it was)
- Autumn themed full-sized quilt (fabrics purchased in 2012/early 2013)
No problem, right? Let the creativity begin!