One Writer’s Journey

January 2, 2018

Your Yearly Word: A Single Word to Inspire You

Filed under: Uncategorized — suebe @ 4:53 am
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Margo Dill, one of my writing friends, has faced a grim reality where resolutions are concerned.  She doesn’t keep them.  For the past several years, instead of setting resolutions, she chooses a word for the year.  Throughout the year, she works to focus her efforts around that one word.

In 2017, she chose peace.   This year she chose calm.  This word will be her focus for family and self, work and writing.  You can read her blog post about this here.

If you were to choose a single word, what would it be?  Here are a few suggestions.

Are you a writer who has been trying to publish the same thing for several years?  Perhaps you’ve studied picture books, gone to picture book retreats and read about how to write better picture books.  Now might be a good time to try something NEW.

If, on the other hand, you are the kind of person with too many interests, you may feel stalled because you don’t have the energy to devote to a single project.  Your best approach might be to FOCUS.

Maybe it is difficult for you to find time to write.  You’ve tried to write an hour a day.  You’ve tried 30 minutes.  But you just can’t depend on not getting interrupted.  Instead of trying to focus for a large block of time, go for a manner of minutes.  You’d be surprised what you can accomplish in FIVE.

For some of us, it is hard to quiet our inner editor.  We struggle to get one sentence perfect before we write another.  We right and rewrite one sentence to the point that we accomplish little.  We might need to remember that that first draft is just that, a DRAFT.

If you want to rekindle the joy in your work or bring a bit of humor to a serious project, choose LAUGHTER.

If you are writing for young readers who love to explore the world, select DISCOVER.

There are so many single words that we could each choose.  What would be your pick?




  1. Thanks so much for the shout-out about my one word adventure! Happy New Year!

    Comment by margolynndill — January 2, 2018 @ 8:57 pm | Reply

    • You are most welcome! I think that my word will be water. It shapes the world around it even when it appears calm and easy moving.

      Comment by suebe — January 2, 2018 @ 9:35 pm | Reply

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