New Year, New You? - Some Writing Resolutions for the New Year
1. Just do it.
Start with an easy one, right? Wrong. Ironically, writing is one of the simplest but also one of the scariest things that a writer can do. We all love to think about our writing and to talk about our writing (and, if you’re anything like me, to make Pinterest boards for the books we’ve hardly started yet …), but next year let’s take that next big step together and actually start getting some words down on the page.
You don’t have to write well if you’re working on a first draft, just often. You can revise and edit it to your heart’s content when it’s finished.
2. Every day.
Back in July, I wrote that, “if you wait until you actually have the time to write, you will probably never write a day in your life, as there will always be something else that will take priority”. So for 2019, make it your resolution to make the time for your writing.
Even if you only write 100 words a day, you’ll finish the year with 36,500 more words than you started it with!
(To find out more about how you can achieve this, check out July’s article again here: www.rowanvalebooks.com/make-time-to-write-make-the-most-of-your-writing-time).
3. Yes, even when you "don't feel like it".
Stop waiting for inspiration to strike – instead just sit down and start writing. What you produce might not be of great quality at first, but the more you practice the better it will get.
And the discipline that you will develop in the process is what will turn you from an amateur writer into a professional one.
4. And read too!
One of my favourite social media platforms at the moment is Goodreads, and I mention it now because they run a ‘Challenge’ every year, which encourages users to set themselves a reading goal for the year, and then helps them to track their progress.
I read a lot for fun, but I also recognise how helpful it can be as I attempt to hone my own writing skills. As such, I try to read as wide a variety of different books and authors as I possibly can, and my personal goal on Goodreads for next year is to read 30 new books (which leaves me a little bit of time spare to revisit some old favourites!).
What will your goal be?
5. Take a break from social media.
I know that sounds a little counterproductive, given that I’ve just recommended you a whole new channel to try, but seriously, try in 2019 to spend a little less time on Twitter, Tumblr, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, whatever your particular poison happens to be, and put those hours to better use.
Spend them writing, or reading. Your work will improve if you’re no longer trying to cram it into 280 characters, I promise!