The New Year’s Resolution… yes, the dreaded resolution that almost always fails.
I make some resolutions every year on January 1st. Usually at least ten of them, so I can feel good at keeping at least one of the ten from the list, by the time the end of the year rolls around. This year, in 2015, I’m trying to get my life under control. It feels a bit unorganized at the moment. Instead of saying I need to exercise more, lose weight and eat healthier, which are all great suggestions for my chubby old body, I have decided to concentrate on one area of my life… my WRITER’S LIFE.
10 WRITING RESOLUTIONS FOR THIS YEAR
3. Less social media time. Less volunteering. Less watching sports on TV. Less standing around and talking about the amount of snow I have to shovel. More writing time.
4. Blog at least once a week on my own blog, on a specific schedule. Every Monday morning at 6am sounds good. Sounds easy enough. Not. Also, make time to guest blog, but only once a month.
5. Keep a journal. Free write for ten minutes a day, about my day. Even if I’m too tired. Sounds easy. Also, it sounds like something I’ll fail at.
6. Support other writers. Read and review their book. Tell other people about their work. Promote my writing friends. Help them learn something new. Be each other’s support. Insist they go to conferences, writing marathons and workshops with me. Writing friends are the best kind of friend. Make them. Keep them.
7. Get organized. Do the research. Each novel needs it’s own binder of information. With dividers. With pictures. With ideas. Clean my office (this I already did). Yay!
8. Write more short stories (not just novels) and submit them to contests. You can’t win if you don’t enter the contest. You need a publication resume. Apparently. This is the perfect way to accomplish that task.
9. Make art. Write. Write anything. Write everything. Don’t worry about other people judging you, by the words you are writing. They already are now, so what’s the difference? If they don’t like it, they can piss off.
10. Reward yourself with CHOCOLATE! Daily, if that’s what it takes. Chocolate always makes the World a better place.
BONUS: Take time to read. Reading is the key to being a better writer. If I'm out of chocolate, I will reward myself with reading time. #LifeIsGood