Gentle reader, as Janet Walden-West mentioned a few weeks ago on her blogpost, this time of year is flush with advice on how to manage time and set goals over the holidays.
I suck at both of these things. I start shaking if I have an item in my calendar that does not have a neat check mark beside the box. Invariably, I am too aggressive in setting these goals, and then crumble under the unrealistic expectations. Season that with a few rejection letters, skidding past a few deadlines and then I am not right in the head for at least 3 weeks while I tell myself I can really do this …..
Well, here it is, a brand new year full of promise. This time of year, we all have a tendency to make resolutions that scientifically are proven to fade by March. So what is a writer to do?
Here is my list of things to consider for a new writing year.
- Set a few writing priorities- my favorites are to make me work on areas where I tend to flounder. My focus for this year is to NOT edit ANYTHING until I finish a rough draft. Yours may be to eliminate a favorite writing crutch.
- Read three books a month for pleasure- may not seem like a lot, but it gives wiggle room for the living if life and time to write.
- Outline any new story before I start writing
- Try to use Scrivener more this year- i have a terrible habit of rewriting similar scenes, saving them all as some version of each other in Word and then never really knowing where I am or which file to choose.
- Write something by hand every day. I think for me it increases my creativity.
- Stick to the same organization system for a whole year- again, I have a dozen notebooks that all have the first 10 pages filled with writing things, but then I start a new one, and there goes my thoughts…
- Take a walk with my dog daily, no matter the weather.
- Do something fun weekly.
- Share my stories, WIP more frequently with my writing group- I always learn something and get great insights, and I don’t share enough.
I hope this list helps give you ideas for your own writing goals this year. Now, it is time to go walk the puppy. Happy New Year-