Discuss: Writing Resolutions

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For the past couple of years on the blog, I have published a post about resolutions as the new year begins. Some folks always have resolutions related to fitness or diet. But we writers tend to resolve to write more, publish more, and read more. At least, that’s my assumption about the writer community. If I’m wrong, please comment on this post and set me straight. Or simply comment and tell me what your new year’s resolutions are because that’s what we’re here to talk about today.

Personally, I always have at least a few resolutions on my list that are dedicated to the written word. This year I’m hoping to write or edit some of my work every day. This was my goal last year as well, but this year I’m making it seem more doable by setting the bar very low. All I have to do is write 350 words each day. I’m not sure how I’m going to quantify the editing, but if I can somehow get myself to sit down and edit my own work after editing other people’s work at my job all day, then I’ll consider it a victory.

Yesterday I wrote about making the time to write and I think that’s something that you have to keep in mind if you’ve created a writing resolution. Those resolutions are going to seem pretty simple throughout the month of January. But you might find it more and more difficult to keep your resolution until April rolls around and you’re finding that you would rather spend your time on other pursuits. So, start off strong! Section off some time in your day that is only meant for writing. Hold that time sacred and you’ll be more successful than some of your like-minded peers with similar resolutions.

So, now it’s your turn — what is your writing resolution for this year? Do you want to write a certain number of words each day? Do you want to make progress on a writing project that has lain fallow for too long? Do you want to establish a writing routine? Leave your resolutions in the comments!

— Jet Fuel Blog Editor, Mary Egan

Discuss: Writing Resolutions

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The new year is almost here and that means you may be making some resolutions for 2014. People like to rain on the parades of resolution-makers, saying that those resolutions will be broken within a month of the new year beginning. That may be true, but I don’t think there’s anything wrong with making a list of resolutions. Sometimes writing down goals and telling people about them gives them a power. Putting those goals out into the world can give them some air to grow.

I have been compiling a list of resolutions/goals for the past few years. Do I stick to every one I’ve ever written? Of course not. But, if anything, they’re an admonishment for me when I fail to follow through and maybe that’ll finally push me to get something done. I don’t know about you, but writing-related resolutions have been on my resolution list ever since I started the yearly ritual. For me, writing is something that I can always be improving upon. I’m never where I want to be in terms of writing, unfortunately. This year I have more writing resolutions on my list, mainly having to do with the novel I began this November and others that I’m planning in my head. The big goal is simple, though: write!

This year I have some tools to (hopefully) help me keep these writing resolutions. The first tool is an offshoot of my NaNoWriMo writing group called “the accountability group.” Basically, we make our writing goals known to the group and then meet each month to update each other on what we’ve been doing. I’m hoping this will create the same kind of dynamic found in National Novel Writing Month, which always pushes me to write more than I do in the other 11 months of the year.

The other tool is a technique called “don’t break the chain.” This technique entails crossing off each day on a calendar when you perform your agreed-upon task. If you say that you want to write for an hour every night, then once you’ve done your writing for the day you can cross off the day on the calendar. The idea is to keep on doing this and to create a nice, neat chain of x’s on your calendar that you won’t want to break. I’ve been afraid of this technique in the past, for whatever reason, but I want to try it out this year.

How about you? Do you have any writing-related resolutions for 2014? Do you have any resolutions at all? If so, what techniques do you use to keep yourself on track? Share in the comments!

— Jet Fuel Blog Editor, Mary Egan

Discuss: Writing Resolutions

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Yes, it’s that time again. We are now eight days into the new year and by now I’m sure you’ve had time to think of your new year’s resolutions. They are a tradition to make and, often, a tradition to break. They can be very hard to stay on top of by the time, say, January 15th rolls around. But I was just wondering — have any of you made writing-related resolutions?

Personally, I am a big fan of new year’s resolutions. And out of my usual list of 8-10, I manage to keep about half of them throughout the entire year. I have a rather small life still, so I keep my resolutions small. When I’m off living a jet-setting lifestyle as a big-wig in the publishing world (wishful thinking, I know), I’m sure my resolutions will be grander. But right now I’m setting my sights on small, achievable goals, and that would be my biggest piece of advice if you’re looking to set some resolutions/goals for yourself. Make them achievable, or you will end the year feeling like a failure. Choose things that you can do and want to improve upon.

On my list this year there are two major writing-related goals/resolutions. One is to work on 2012’s NaNoWriMo novel until it is finished. This means writing during my break time at work and writing on the weekends. The other, accompanying goal is to edit that manuscript heavily once it is finished being written. I don’t know how long this is going to take. I haven’t been in the world of my NaNoWriMo novel since November, so I need to reacquaint myself with the characters and the world, and then I want to get writing! This is a big one for me, I want this year to be a good one for writing.

What are your writing resolutions, if any? If you are opposed to the making of new year’s resolutions, what are your writing goals for now and the near future? Please share them in the comments!

— Jet Fuel Blog Editor, Mary Egan