Creating New Year’s Writing Resolutions

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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:

  1. I resolve to . . . make time for writing.

  2. I resolve to . . . embrace my personal writing style.

  3. I resolve to . . . self edit as I write.

  4. I resolve to . . . step outside my comfort zone.

  5. I resolve to . . . call myself a writer.

I like the addition of  “I resolve to . . .” that Scheller added to each item on this list. The goals seem more active. The choice of the words “I resolve to” adds a bit of weight to each resolution.writing-tips-best

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

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  1. Donna, this is very inspiring to me, and I hope I can make and keep similar resolutions for my writing. I recently saw something about using “vows” instead of the typical resolutions. Using the “I resolve” before each item makes you more accountable also. And writing them down will be useful. You always leave me thinking with your writing. Have a great day.


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