Mid-Year Reflection Assessment for Fiction Writers by Beth Barany
It’s nearly half-way through the year — a good time to reflect on how far you’ve come, and how far you’d like to go by the time you lift a glass of bubbly to welcome in the new year. Time for an assessment!
This time of year is always a time of reflection for me because it’s my birthday half way through June.
I step away from the normal routines and ask myself some questions:
- What’s working?
- What would I like more of?
- What am I frustrated about?
Frustration is a huge clue for me about what I want more of and what I want changed.
What is your clue that you want something different?
So, here’s my assessment.
What’s working: Yes, to writing. Yes, to teaching and coaching. Yes, to movement: my walk/jog routine.
What I’d like more of: I want to do a lot more writing of stories and screenplays. I want to exercise more and more often.
How will I do these two things: I’ll block off time in my schedule and say No more often to anything that is not those things during that time.
A sacred pact with myself.
Storytelling is how I serve the world.
Exercise is how I serve myself.
I need both to be a dynamic force on the planet.
What I’m frustrated about: I want more people to know about my home study/self-paced courses and live workshops. So… I’m developing some marketing and promotion programs for that. 🙂 I got plans!
But I couldn’t have been able to be ready to execute on these plans if I hadn’t felt so supported recently.
It wasn’t always this way.
For a long, long, long time, I’ve felt alone as a creative entrepreneur.
What I do is so unique — I both write fiction actively and teach it and coach writers working on their fiction.
For a long time, I felt like there was no one else on the planet who was trying to do what I’m attempting: make honoring my creativity at the center of my life, and that includes how I run my business.
Recently, there’s been a shift though and I feel like I found my pack…
I really felt it at the beginning of June when I ran in a mostly all-woman 5K race.
I have also really felt the togetherness I seek from being a part of the Heart of Business community.
Since tuning into my need for more support at the beginning of the year, I’ve reached out, made requests, and am now a part of four different mastermind groups, each of two or three people.
Wholistic, creative, heart-centered peers, who support all of me and I all of them, including all the not so pretty, squirrelly, itchy and scratchy parts.
So, a shout-out to one of my big supports, Heart of Business, run by Mark Silver.
And another big shout out to Lynn Johnston, a fellow writing coach cohort, and friend. She’s got a new class up on creating character arcs that I can’t wait to explore. I’ve seen a sneak peek and I really love how in-depth she gets.
You can check it out here: http://bit.ly/CharArcs
(Yes, this is an affiliate link. If you would rather not use it, here’s the direct link: http://lynnreallylikes.com/building-the-character-arc/.)
Post your mid-year assessment below. I’d love to hear it.