My Word of the Year for 2015 -CREATE | Inkwells & Images

Word of the Year Check-In: Am I Creating?

My Word of the Year for 2015 -CREATE | Inkwells & Images

Is it really the second week of July already? Yowsers.

It’s cliché to say that, I know. And serious writers are supposed to avoid clichés like the plague (see what I did there?). But all clichés had to start somewhere, and I imagine this one started when the first person in the world realized that the year was flying by faster than they intended it to – and by golly they felt the need to comment on it.

Clichés aside, it’s time for a mid-year check-in on whether or not I am living out my Word of the Year.

Am I Creating?

Yes. And No.

I’ve not made much progress on my novel since my critique class ended. Life has been full, which is part reason and part excuse. Between weekend duties for the day job and travel to visit family and a much-needed week of vacation where I tried not to touch a computer, there hasn’t been a lot of free time on the weekends to really submerge myself in the text. And I need to give it some large blocks of undivided attention. My critique class reinforced that I have some things to fix, and they are going to take time and steep reflection.

Based on this point alone, I would feel like I had failed my Word of the Year in the first half. But luckily, I know me and gave myself a little wiggle room in my definition. I chose “create” instead of “write” because I knew I would need some.

And I have created. 

I have been diligently posting twice per week here on this blog all year long. Every Tuesday and Thursday, without fail (although sometimes in a very down-to-the-wire fashion), I have a sent a blog and little piece of writing or photography out into the world. It’s felt good to be consistent, to treat this blog like a job and to keep my promise to myself for once.

I’ve spent time in community with other writers and readers, mostly on the internet – but it still counts, right? I’ve created dialogues and met new people and have created a space where I can share – and where I can listen to others.

I’ve taken more photos – and better photos – than ever this year. In fact, I’m wrapping up my first ever corporate photoshoot this week – at my day job! Our company wanted new head shots for all 40 employees, and it just so happened that I have a camera and some growing photography chops. In addition to all those portraits, I also took some for Claire, did a family shoot with a friend, and in general grew less shy about pulling out my camera and snapping shots whenever I felt like it – even in public!

I’ve read a lot of books, written about some of them, and learned when to a quit a project that just isn’t working. I’ve written a few freelance articles, put together a Madison, WI city guide for Feast + West, and continued working on The Collaboreat.

It’s been a full year, and it might not seem like I’m making progress. But I have been creating. 

Now if I could just take Ashley Brooks’s advice and focus on one thing at a time

Here’s to creating in the second half of 2015. Will you CREATE with me?

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Abbigail Kriebs

Inkwells & Images, LLC is the result of years of writing in secret, more than a decade of obsessively photographing everyone and everything around me, two college degrees, and the ultimate realization that working in corporate America is not as glamorous as they make it out to be in all the late-90s movies. This website will be a space where I showcase my photography and writing. This blog will a space where I explore life. Being a small business owner. What it means to be a writer. What I learn as I become a better photographer.

6 thoughts on “Word of the Year Check-In: Am I Creating?”

  1. The one idea at a time concept is so hard for me to practice, though I know it’s the best thing to do. But man, trying to do too much leads to burn out (for me). I wonder why creating one thing at a time can’t be enough for me? Why shouldn’t I have confidence in that?

    Also, my guess is even if you don’t feel like you are actively creating right now, you are replenishing yourself. I think that’ll lead to better creation. :)

    1. Why IS it so hard? Do you think it’s because we see everyone else on the internet doing SO much and we feel we have to keep up? Or do we secretly think one project might fail so we better have three waiting in the wings to take its place?

  2. Focusing on one thing at a time–that is a great thing for me to try and keep in mind (that is almost an impossible thing for me to do, but I know it would help me so much, especially to stay on track with some my creative pursuits)! Here’s hoping the second half of the year brings you more and more creativity!

  3. I love your perspective in this post, Abbigail! It’s so important to celebrate your accomplishments, even if they’re not the accomplishments you might have planned on. And I really like the idea of having a full year — so much better than feeling like life is “intruding” on your creative projects!

    Congrats on your progress! :)

    1. Yes – I often feel like life is “intruding” on my creative projects – but I’m beginning to remind myself that you have to live a good life in order to write about things worth reading. :)

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