How to Resolve to Make this New Year the “Write” One
As December slides past us, we assume a New Year with the raising of a glass and the shower of fireworks, and in our mind we answer the opening of that door with thoughts about making amends, starting over, starting fresh, and therein we lay claim to a whole list of things we pledge to do differently. Many revelers look to the New Year with the habitual hope of resolution – proclamations to implement improvements that will make us feel better about ourselves – emotionally, physically, spiritually, or mentally. In doing this, however, it is sometimes an attempt to make us feel better about what we didn’t do over the last twelve months. We promise to do more than we did the year before; we profess to do better than we did; we plan to improve our lot in life by becoming diligent at something we might have let fall. We take stock, make lists, reflect, review, and in doing so, resolve to change. We heap this huge burden upon ourselves and sometimes attempt to make right those things that took our own lifetime to wrong. The very definition of resolve takes us to places our resolution probably has no intent to go – including, and especially disconcerting, the making of firm, defined, and possibly life altering decisions.
As writers we write because we must but that does not identify quantity or even quality, for that matter. It only indicates that there is an inherent need to do so and in some way, or at some time, that need will be fulfilled by the very action of writing. Some writers are destined for more words than others but, in the end, our passion lies within the composition of words. If, as writers, we could base our new year’s outlook focused only on our passion, we could be certain of success in one way or another. Maintaining this focus from one year to the next, assures we are able to stay on the path that is right for our journey.
Determine your “Write” Declaration:
Although we are on the same journey, we are not taking the same path. It is necessary to set a course of action based on decisions that are important to you. No one knows this but you and possibly a few, close writing friends or family. Support is necessary in order for your decisions about writing to see fruition. You must make them and you must promise to yourself to keep them. Again, only you can do this and this declaration will only be important when you take this step seriously.
Adjust your “Write” Resolution:
As with fine tuning any vision, you have to adjust your outlook and fit it to you. It must take into consideration the time you have to commit and the direction your journey is taking. Perhaps, it is just important to put words to page even though you never plan to let anyone else read them. Perhaps, thoughts of making your words public have never even come to mind. Perhaps, you are ready to let your words go out into the big world. You have to take these feelings into consideration before you even determine your goals for the year. They are entrenched within your journey as a writer. To continue to be filled with disillusionment because you have not yet published your book by continually saying “this will be the year” sets you up for disappointment. Have you written your book yet? Have you realized the process of rewriting and editing? Have you done your fact checking and research? Have you shared your story? Determined your market? Envisioned the actual process and all its nuances of becoming a published author? If you answered no to any of these questions, don’t put “publishing my book” on your list – at least for this year. It is a dream. It is a goal. It is not a resolution.
Accept your Limitations:
Remain steadfast to the goals you set for yourself and remember that everyone is at a different point along their journey. Your writing life revolves around and through your regular life and you cannot separate them although you can contain them each unto themselves. Find a space. Find time. Find solace to connect with your passion. Stay positive and do not despair over what you’ve missed. Do not compare your writing life. Do not compare your writing. Instead – learn, share and create. Read others’ work – you will never be them, nor will they be you. Share what you know – you will learn twice fold in return. And create – always.
Revel in your Accomplishments:
Wrote a book, a story, a prompt, a poem? Great works begin the same – with an idea and a line. It does not matter what you write as long as you write something. If you are destined for more, it will happen when it is supposed to.
Blog every day? Blog once a week? Journal every morning? Write a prompt every Saturday? Continuity in any fashion is what’s required to provide practice, become attached, and improve. By working with words, your craft become built-in solid technique; you develop your style and voice.
Shared discussion with a writing friend? Attended a Writer’s Circle? Signed up for a workshop or conference? Connection with others who have a passion for words not only shares that passion but it allows opportunity to share ideas, create inspiration, and promote creativity.
Tried something new or remained rooted in your genre and your tried and true interests? Exploration is great but so is delving into that which you know well. There are many possible diversions along your writing journey yet it is not necessary to go off in every direction to prove your commitment.
Simply put, a writer’s declaration states:
In identifying my writing journey and planning my goals for this year, I accept that there are different pathways guided by this passion and there is no wrong way to write. This year, I resolve to connect with words because I am a writer and it is a part of me and the very essence of my soul.
Happy New Year to all my writing friends!