My word for 2009 is going to be "focus".
One reason for my choice is that I seem to be saying it to myself over and over and over these days like some sort of obsessive mantra as I'm trying to force myself back into a normal routine after the holidays. The second reason is that my life is full of noise, chaos and distractions--all things that are detrimental to getting into the writing zone.
As a mother of three children, I have lots of external things pulling me away from my writing life. I find myself volunteering for things out of a sense of guilt and obligation and I consider my writing an "indulgence". So, not only do I need to focus on the task at hand and tune out distractions, I also need to refocus how I view my creative life. My writing and artwork are not hobbies or indulgences. They are lifeblood and necessities.
So, focus . . . . focus . . . .focus . . . dammit!