Friday, January 8, 2016
New Year's Resolutions - Can I Keep Them?
2016 has arrived! Anticipation of the new year has faded into pleasant memories of the ball dropping in Times Square, friends blowing noisemakers, popping champagne corks, and children peering around the stairwell to see grown-ups partying. For writers, this is the time when excitement and happiness is replaced by the fear of keeping our resolutions. I tried to keep mine simple this year, but I’m going to share my writer’s resolutions with you:
1) Write every day when possible – I’ve been a hit and miss writer. I wrote when I had blog deadlines, when the muse moved me, or when I had a deadline. Unfortunately, those days were few and far between with the result that since I became serious about writing two years ago, I’ve wasted a lot of time. I envy the production of those who force themselves to write daily either to a word or page count or simply until they see some words on the page.
2) Don’t envy other writers – Envy is a green-eyed form of jealously. Rather than envy them, join them by doing the work to make yourself equally accomplished.
3) Continue to learn – Read, Listen, Observe – the day you stop learning is the day they bury you.
4) Be humble – Dance for joy when something is published but don’t forget to count how many rejections you’ve received, too. Remember, every story or book published had a lot of people who helped you along the way – whether by teaching you, offering words of encouragement, being a sounding board for gripes and ideas, or opening a door for you.
5) Extend a hand to others – you may never be a mid-lister or a NY Times author, but you can be a human being. The only way you got this far was that others helped you so pay it back by paying it forward.
I hope I can stick to these and to one more personal one:
1) Be kind, considerate, thoughtful and loving to your family and friends…..writing isn’t everything, but they are.
Any resolutions on your end you’d like to share?