So the new year is upon us, which means everyone is putting their lives under a microscope on the 3x lens. It’s time for introspection and resolution making. More than ever I find myself evaluating my writing, or lack of, and have been stressing out trying to find an achievable way to reintroduce that passion back in my life. My intention in starting a blog this fall was to consistently work on my writing. I got that glint you get in your eye when a new idea sparks and you move the first week in hyperdrive, running on pure creative adrenaline. But after awhile, you inevitably lose some of your drive. But, with some more experienced blogger’s advice I’m reassessing my blog content and making a more manageable writing plan. Something long term and for the new year.
I’m glad I did my own moderated version of NaNoWriMo this November. If any of you are aspiring writers, I highly recommend giving NaNoWriMo or your own version of it a try. NaNoWriMo is about writing purely for word count. It doesn’t matter if your novel is written chronologically, if you suddenly introduce a new character or give one of them a tail we never knew about, you can change the genre mid story, as long as you meet the word count quota. The reason I believe this was helpful is that it just forces you to write, get the words out of you and edit it later. I did this for 3 weeks, the first two writing 500 words a day, and the third week writing 300. After that, the task of writing to achieve word count felt daunting. I hadn’t planned enough content for my short story that was only supposed to take me a week to write. So now week four has rolled around and Lydia is still on a paranormal rescue mission and I’m not sure where to take her. Voila! Resolution solution!
Resolutions for 2011: Just WRITE every day. Even if it’s only 10 words. Using word count as your goal can be great when it comes to making a deadline or to push you through writer’s block, or the more likely procrastination by web surfing, but getting yourself into a manageable habit of writing something each day will be more beneficial in the long term.
Read books on writing. Read books. I vow to study the craft this year and learn from other authors. I’ve picked up a few from the library already on writing memoirs, journals, and novels. I hope to keep a steady blog about the practices I learn in the books and use a writer’s group to test out some of the suggestions they give on writing. What are the books you plan to read in 2011? Fiction or otherwise.
Meet with other writers. Professional or amateur. Best-seller or barista. Discussing books and writing gives me joy. Why did I wait so long to realize this and seek other writers out? If possible, I’d like to attend some writing workshops this year too.
What are the resolutions you most want to achieve in 2011? Are you making big or small changes and why do you feel that’s the best way to go? How does blogging fit into your resolution world?