The end for now, at least. This is the last ROW80 check-in for this round and this year. Time to wrap this one up and turn to plans for Round 1 of 2014.
I feel like I didn't get much done this round, even though I participated in NaNoWriMo and wrote 50,000 words in November. I had too much going on--running some events, acting as a municipal liaison for NaNo, traveling, holidays. I have been hurried and harried and not very productive this round. I just looked at my goals list for this round before I started this post, and I haven't reached any of the goals I set. I knew that I was floundering, but this really brings home how much this has been true since September.
So what's the lesson here? I feel like there is one, and I feel like I'm starting to get a glimpse of it. One thing I've learned--just because something is within my capabilities doesn't mean I should take it on. This is aimed at the events (including local NaNo stuff) that I did this year. None of it was stuff for me. It was all stuff that I helped out with (or ran for the most part) because I could and I knew someone needed to.
I wonder how many of us get wrapped up in things that aren't our own ideas or projects because it needs to be done? I know for me it takes a lot away from my creative life, and I wonder if it's the same for others.
Anyhow, I am looking forward to a year where I have explicitly already told people that I am not running any of these events. I am giving myself a lot more space in 2014 to see what I can do.
I will be doing my ROW80 updates on my writing blog next year (I'll share the links here, too, but not the whole posts). I'm planning some more focused creativity posts and coaching posts here, and I don't want them to get lost in my chatter about my writing journey. That's the only goal or change I already know I'm going to make. Lots to think about before January 6 when the next round begins.
How was your round if you're a ROWer, or your Autumn if you're a creative of another sort? Did holidays sidetrack you? Do you have ideas for what you'd like to add in or change or do differently?
In case I don't post in the next few days, Happy New Year! See you in 2014.