Hello, everyone! The combination of stress and joy that is the Holidays has passed. 2012 is gone and 2013 has begun. New Year’s is always a time for goal setting and newfound optimism. This year isn’t any different.
New Year’s is also a time for resolutions. In addition to the usual personal improvement resolutions, involving work and social goals, I’ve also made a number of writing resolutions. I thought I’d share them.
- Write something every day: It doesn’t matter if it’s a character sketch or a random snatch of dialog, as long as it is something. There is no minimum word limit here, just to write something.
- Spend more time in character development: Let the characters speak their own minds to me. Let the plot develop organically from their personalities rather than trying to make them jump through hoops and fit into boxes I make for them.
- Set a writing schedule: Schedule time in the day that will be my writing time, and stick to that schedule.
- Read more: Nothing helps my writing like reading good writing. Also, I have a lot of craft books that I have not read yet. I resolve to read those before I acquire more.
I realize fully that these are fairly standard suggested resolutions that one will see in any given writing book or blog. None of this is original. But, I hope that publishing this here will help me keep my resolutions. I always believe that telling people about your resolutions makes you more accountable to them. Don’t you agree?
I would like to know what some of your writing resolutions are.
Have a great 2013!