Happy New Year and Happy IWSG Day!
Hard to believe 2018 is here. Not sure about everyone else but here in the Northeast U.S. it’s been super cold and now they’re throwing out scary words like “bomb” to describe the weather. Fortunately, I’m not on the coast but the cold has made getting out of bed and working more difficult.
Not that I really need an excuse.
My main resolution this year is to treat writing like a real job with real hours. I got this idea from a Great Courses lecture I listened to called How to Read and Write About Any Subject. I feel like I’ve made a habit of setting unreasonable goals in terms of deadlines I know I can’t possibly meet, so – for now – more attainable goals in terms of hours a day seem better. That way I force myself to do something while (hopefully) setting up a pattern of success.
Another resolution I’m making now is to more regularly blog. I’m going to say once a week and not just on IWSG Day. Maybe one flash fiction a week. I’ll have to think about that – but I will resolve to do it. Because I have so been neglecting this blog. Okay and true confession I had to take a long break away from social media following a certain presidential election. Because there’s still a part of me that feels like – if not for Facebook and Twitter…. But I need to bounce back. The Internet needs positive voices more now than ever. If not mine, then definitely others. Fight the power and all that.
For now, I’ve been doing a lot of ghost copywriting and also writing romance under Not My Real Name. The idea of putting myself out there is scary. I guess, because I am an Insecure Writer!
How is 2018 going so far? Any resolutions? Any assessment and re-assessment of prior resolutions?
8 thoughts on “IWSG: New Improved Resolutions”
Best of luck with your resolution. I find treating writing as a job works for me, but sometimes real-life sticks its nose in and blows all my good intentions out of the water.
I love the Great Courses! Research is a really big part of my writing, and they make learning so much easier.
I treat writing as a real job too, and that helps, but it’s also good to treat it as a job with slightly flexible hours. Life gets in the way sometimes. So long as I get my hours in for the day, I’m good.
I like your idea of focusing on hours a day spent writing. My writing goals for 2018 are similar in style. Carve out an hour every morning, by hell or high water, to write. Anything above and beyond that will be bonus material. Good luck with your resolutions. Thanks for the post, and happy writing to you. Also, happy 2018!
I love your plan and am trying to put in a decent amount of hours writing per day. I have the time usually so there is no excuse. But we’ll see what happens. 🙂
Anna from elements of emaginette
Great resolution to treat writing like a job. Sometimes, we just have to sit at the computer and type away even if we’re not motivated, just like going to a job when there are days you’d rather stay home reading. All the best for the New Year 🙂
there is something called Friday Fictioners, and basically it’s a flash fiction thing that happens every week. We get give a photo prompt and you write something within 100 words. I don’t know if that would be of any interest.
I’ve only been blogging on IWSG day too. I had to blog less in order to write more. But I really should blog at least twice per month. Some day.
Good luck with your resolutions this year, Anne!
We definitely need more positive voices, there’s too much negativity out there. And setting aside hours for writing is definitely a great way of making progress. Good luck with 2018!