This is the final blog post for this year, and I wanted to leave you with a few thoughts…
First, thank you so much for being a part of my year. So many generous and creative souls have graced my life this year in classes and writing groups, online and in person. We’ve worked together and encouraged and called each other on toward a better word, a better sentence, a better book.
I’ve been able to help writers of various backgrounds as they further their creative lives, and I’ve been helped in uncountable ways by so many of you.
Your presence in my life has helped my creative work, and for that I am grateful. I believe, very strongly, that expressing gratitude is an essential component to a balanced life, and I hope I’ve adequately expressed my gratitude to those of you who have been a part of my year.
Second, I want to encourage you to be excited for the upcoming year. New beginnings seem to inspire either unrealistic enthusiasm or overly-pessimistic dread. Somewhere in between, though, is a place of reasonable hopefulness and forward-looking joy. My wish for each of you is that you find a place where this sort of hopefulness fuels your creative endeavors and provides you with the momentum of excitement and curiosity which will propel you forward to make 2015 your most creatively productive year yet.
So, let me know what I can do to help. This isn’t a sales pitch. Contacting me and explaining to me some creative problem or need you have does not obligate you to purchase a service or product. But it does help me to better understand where my efforts should be focused in the coming year, because if you are struggling with some aspect of the process or craft of writing, there is a good chance someone else is, as well.
Finally, I want to encourage you to take your enthusiasm for another new year, a new start, and turn that into action. Find little ways to feed that enthusiasm and build creative momentum. Every little step is fuel for the creative fire.
I’m convinced the coming year will be the best one ever for my business and my creative output. I hope you’ll join me as we dive into whatever awaits us.
Our next level is just up ahead. Let’s get started.
I do want to make a brief plug for a product I have available that may be of interest to some of you.
Since it is the first of the year, we are often reminded of things we wanted to do last year and didn’t get done. For whatever reason. And, sometimes, it is a goal or a desire that has been put off and put off, year after year. I have a stack of VHS tapes I want to turn into DVDs and boxes of photos and negatives I want to scan.
Maybe you have someone in your life—a parent, grandparent, aunt or uncle…maybe a mentor or friend whose presence in your life was transformational—and you have been trying to get them to write down some of their life story. They have great stories to tell, but you are afraid that some of them will be lost as they age or when they have died.
Perhaps, there is someone, maybe even you, who has said year after year, “I’ll write all this down someday,” but they’ve never quite made it happen.
Getting started in writing down the experiences of a life story can be tough. That’s why I teach my Legacy of Words classes: to help people get started writing about their personal and family history.
Along with the class I teach, I developed a workbook that helps facilitate writing about your life story. The book is part explanation and guidance, and part journal. It is a great way to help someone get started.
If there is someone in your life that you want to write about their life, this is a great gift and way to help them get started. It will help give them the structure and framework to get started, gain momentum, or get un-stuck in the writing process.
The book is called, Your Legacy of Words: The Workbook, and it is available at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, or at other stores. Or you can order it directly from my website at www.WordsMatterESW.com/workbook.
Thanks again for making 2014 great. Onward and upward!
Happy writing, everyone.