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word for this year

IWSG monthly post

It seems many people have been posting in social media about their "word for the year". Like voicing their intention what they want the year 2023 to be for them.

I hadn't thought of defining my year with one word, but then again - not a bad idea! So I sat down to think what my word might be.

I thought about the traditional words, mostly aimed at being more efficient in everything. Planning, goals, achieving. All the preferred words of modern society.

But that did not feel right. Life can't only be about being efficient. I reflected on the issue of too much planning and the mind's need to relax from a writer's perspective. Goals are great, planning is wise, but mind needs rest just as much as the body does.  I will be writing, I will be planning my days, but if I feel like having a day off, I will take a day off from writing (and editing, and marketing and all the dozens of things that are included in writing books).

Doing too much, working like a robot causes the well to run dry, as the saying goes. A tired mind loses its connection to the most important thing a fiction writer has. Namely imagination. Stories are born from imagination. And the other way around: without imagination there are no stories. And imagination gains strength from rest and idle moments. 

So I chose my word for this year to be Imagination.

I will do my best to nurture my imagination, give my mind permission to wander, feed it with good books, movies, walking in nature, greeting friends... And I will use my passion for planning to plan free time in my calendar. 

What is your word for this year?

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