Do you keep your New Year’s Resolutions?
For many people, the beginning of a new year is a time for reviewing the past and looking forward to a new year. There are 366 days in 2016 – ample time for each of us to accomplish a goal or two or more. Have you considered your writing goals?
In an article from Writer’s Digest—“5 New Year’s Resolutions for Writers” (1-1-2013)—Rachel Scheller complied a list of resolutions to help “improve your writing, focus yourself, and achieve your publishing goals.” Her list:
I resolve to . . . make time for writing.
I resolve to . . . embrace my personal writing style.
I resolve to . . . self edit as I write.
I resolve to . . . step outside my comfort zone.
I resolve to . . . call myself a writer.
Of course, creating resolutions is a personal effort. I do make New Year’s resolutions. I create lists. Here are some of my writing resolutions:
• I resolve to . . . make my writing time as important as other events in my daily schedule.
I will write “WT” on my daily calendar.
• I resolve to . . . be consistent in my personal writing.
I can meet a daily word challenge; word by word toward a larger goal.
• I resolve to … be quiet, to look, and to listen.
I find inspiration when I pay attention to the most ordinary moments.
• I resolve to . . . expand my reading into genres that I neglect.
Mysteries are at the top of my list. Any suggestions?
• I resolve to . . . take a risk with my writing.
Good luck with your writing resolutions this year.
Keep creating, word by word.—Donna Woods Orazio