It’s that time of year again. Christmas is over and 2015 is right around the corner. We’re getting ready to ring in the new year and usher in all the change we hope to see. And for most of us, that means making resolutions. Sometimes they stick, sometimes they don’t. As writers, we probably spend far too long trying to write the perfect resolutions. Hoping we can self-inspire. Hoping we don’t give up. Hoping this year, we finally keep ALL of our resolutions.
But here’s the only 4 resolutions a writer needs to make (and keep) this year:
WRITE MORE: You often wonder what the secret is, don’t you? You sit there, aching to figure out what it is that everyone else who has ever typed The End knows that you do not know. It’s obvious to you, there is something you’re missing ,something you’re not doing, that would make you a real writer. You want to know the secret? There isn’t one. They just write. Because a non-writing writer is a monster courting insanity. You are a writer because you write. You write because you’re a writer. So the only way to maintain writer status, the only way to have written is to write. And write some more. That’s the secret. The magic formula. The Pièce de résistance. Just write. And write. And write some more.
SAY LESS: While you’re writing more in the coming year, remember to say less. Got it? Less talking, more doing. That means Stop telling Twitter and Facebook you’re going to write today. Stop texting your BFF that you need to write later. No more announcements. Just write. Just do it. That’s all. Walk the walk after you talk all the talk.
READ MORE: If you want to be a writer you must do two things above all else: read a lot and write a lot.” Stephen king Good writers will read, study the language, and know how to tell their story in a way that reaches their audience. Because the only way to be a good writer is to be a good reader.
LET GO: You know how I talked about the secret you think every writer knows but you? That’s part of your self-doubt that creeps in. It paralyzes you. Makes you procrastinate. Makes you hate your work. Makes you feel blocked. Self-doubt is the enemy to creativity. Let go of that doubt. Just write. Write crap. Write pure and utter crap. And then write more. And read. And then write some more. Until you aren’t writing crap anymore. Until you’ve found your voice. Just let go of that self-doubt.
Now that you know the only 4 resolutions you really need as a writer, how do you plan to ring in the new year?