But which word to choose? First, I thought ‘Let’s dream big’ and I chose success. Then I thought, ‘But that could simply mean getting through the day without killing anyone (literally - remember, I write murder mystery games so there’s usually a hypothetical body on the floor somewhere). Or it could mean I successfully ate the last cookies in the jar. Or ‘Hurrah, you found a different recipe for dinner instead of the old tried and true six recipes you usually employ.’
Digression: I have a bookshelf of cookbooks and am addicted to adding to my collection. I use three of them - and of those three, I use them for very specific dishes. For example, I would never consider looking for a brownie recipe (digression in the digression - oooooo…brownies…) in any other of my cookbooks than the one I’ve used for decades. Yes, of course there are brownie recipes in other books and yes, I’ve clipped them from magazines. Do I use them? No.
Sorry. I’ll refocus.
‘But,’ I thought, ‘success could also mean what you want it to mean...success at writing. And success on your terms (which I admit are fairly lofty - but that’s another blog post). What could be wrong with aiming for that? Nothing, of course. It’s good. Why, some might even say it’s admirable.
'So there,' I thought. 'There’s my word. Success.'
'No,' came a whisper. 'Your word needs to be completion. You have five projects on the go with none complete. There’s no success without finishing.'
The brutal truth. Success.
And that’s my word: completion. By this time next year I WILL have those five projects completed. Maybe even published.
But those cookies in the jar? Consider them completed. Totally.
What is your word for the next year?
|Elspeth Futcher is an author and playwright. Her murder mystery games A Fatal Fairy Tale, Deadly Ever After and Curiouser and Curiouser are among the top-selling mystery games on the Internet. All thirteen of her murder mystery games and two audience-interactive plays are published by host-party.com. Her newest game, Once Upon a Murder, is now available and published by Red Herring Games. Her 'writing sheep' are a continuing feature in the European writers' magazine Elias. Connect with her on Twitter at @elspethwrites or on Facebook at Elspeth Futcher, Author.|