New Year’s Resolutions, list of items
Your New Year writing resolution is still pretty fresh in your mind, I’m sure. You’re probably writing away madly and sure that you will be able to keep up the frenetic pace for the rest of the year.
I hope so, but chances are – the writing peaks and wanes.
Achieving Your Writing Resolution
Be consistent and and dedicated. It’s a surefire way to achieve success.
While I do believe that the muse does descend upon all creative types, it is necessary to build on what the muse imparts. That means – fleshing out your story idea, adding meat to the bones of your characters’ personalities and carving out conflict after conflict to hinder your protagonist.
Making Writing Your Priority
Of course you have other things to do in life, but ensure that you set aside an hour or two to consistently work on your story. It’s really not that much time. Think of how much time you fritter away watching television or window shopping. Don’t think of it as strict ‘writing’ time – it can mean editing the work
or just planning how to progress.
Consistency is boring for many, but it’s also the key to maintaining your writing resolution. If you know you are going to spend time writing from 2 – 4 in the afternoon, you will work the rest of your schedule around it. It’s a date with yourself, similar to what you do to go to the gym. It will also help the panic that arises when you know you have one night left to submit your piece for critiquing to your writing group – and you have nothing to submit.
Treat Your Resolution as a Challenge
Many of us like a challenge – even if it’s with our own selves. Challenge yourself to maintain your writing discipline for the next month. And when you achieve that, renew the challenge for the next month and so on. You’ll be so pleased with your progress, it will keep you going.
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New Year’s Resolution
I’ve made one. You’ve made one. We’ve all made one. But which of us is going to stick to them? And for how long?
I’m talking about New Year’s resolutions of course.
Along with the usual boring ones pertaining to my waist size – will lose weight, will exercise, will eat smaller portions – I’ve decided to add two small steps (note how I craftily trick myself by not calling them resolutions) which I may just adhere to … especially since they have nothing to do with food, exercise or my waistline.
Each day, I plan to do a minimum of a half hour of creative writing – whether it is on my current novel or a short story.
The second step is so much harder: doing a little bit of marketing each day to promote my creative writing classes. Marketing is not my strength. There – I admit it! I’m so afraid of talking about my business, of forcing my classes on other, or perhaps perceiving that’s what I’m doing. I so admire people who are able to talk about their business with aplomb. Get me started on any topic and I can talk for hours but promote myself – that is one difficult task.
Most people who know me know I am a chatterbox and can yak on for hours, but put a phone in front of me and ask me to make a cold call and suddenly I become tongue-tied and unable to proceed unless I have a script in front of me. Why is that? Can anyone tell me? Is anyone else out there like this?
Nevertheless, that is my task for this coming year. I resolve to put myself out there, to talk about my business and find different ways of marketing that will work to promote Beyond-the-Lamppost Writing Classes.
What’s your resolution for 2016?