As 2014 came to a close and 2015 began, I told myself that I wouldn’t be writing any resolutions for the coming year- and I suppose I did manage to evade the general rush of resolutions that come from a general sense of obligation and new beginnings on January 1st of every year. However, as January has progressed, and I’ve watched myself come out of a cocoon of self-doubt and stagnation, I’ve decided that this year was the year… The year that I have the drive, the will, and the support to stick to my guns and really carry through.
So, with that in mind, I began to pen a short list of Writer’s Resolutions, which are really more mantra’s for getting through the days, weeks, and years ahead as they are goals to reach. Seriously, I’m considering framing them and placing them above my desk.
What are these resolutions, you ask? Well, without further ado, I give you…
Writers Resolutions: 2015
Remember that nothing is “wasted” writing: Every word counts, no matter if it sees the light of day or not!
Don’t balk from editing: Sometimes it sucks, but writing is rewriting.
Write every day: Not just the “fun” stuff, and not just the “Easy” stuff. Challenge yourself to do something that feels a little uncomfortable… like script writing.
Keep pushing the comfort zone: New genres, new modes, new mediums all the time.
Read: Not later, now! If you don’t have time, make it!
Support other writers (and artists, and musicians, and film-makers) as you would wish to be supported: They are your network, your friends, and often your inspiration. When you fall down, they’re there to pick you up and dust you off. They might laugh a little, but then they’ll take you out for a drink and soon you’ll be laughing right along with them!
And most importantly… HAVE FUN! Don’t forget that you love to write, that it’s your passion, and you’ll find that you’ll never be stuck in a rut for long.
So, those are my resolutions. Do you have any of your own? If you do, I’d love to hear them, and if you don’t and you get a little stuck, I don’t mind sharing. After all, that’s what writing is all about, right? Sharing what’s inside of you with everyone else.