Written by Ida Cerne
If a writer is dissatisfied with his output during the year, he probably manages to write a new years resolution to write more, or at least do something with all the scraps of beginnings of novels, short stories or other snippets of creative writing just waiting in some drawer or lurking in the shadows of the computer, waiting to be dealt with. So, being part of a network of writers, I think it a great idea – instead of exchanging gifts in the holiday season – to exchange new years resolutions about writing. Wouldn’t it be great if someone could finish my novel, and I would promise to sort their short stories into a collection. Or I could go through someone else’s scraps of paper with brilliant beginning or ideas that are too brilliant to throw away, and someone could page through the little notebooks I kept as a student and actually extract pearls of wisdom and throw the rest away. There is something about the New Year that calls for coming to grips with things, bringing order into our lives. Instinctively it is a time to set goals and change habits that hold us back.
I asked our other committee members how they would be approaching the new year of writing. Some very interesting answers!
This is what Tamara said:
My resolution for 2015 is to consciously make more time for creative writing as such, but also to come up with ideas for stories and actually focus on them and eventually finish them, rather than coming up with dozens of new ideas which seem much more interesting.
This is what Tim said:
When I was trying to get fit, I just ran for 15 minutes a day. It soon became habit. My resolution is to do the same with writing: at 10.00 a.m. every day, whatever else I happen to be doing, wherever it is (within reason), I want to write for a quarter of an hour. Of course this should soon turns into longer.
This is what Kirsten said:
My intent this year with my writing is to stop my habit of micro editing! I have a tendency to get very caught up in words, and details and find myself so up close to my characters that neither of us have breathing space. My new goal is to step back and observe my own writing from a distance, to watch the world the story lives in without changing anything. I think the big picture will enable me to achieve clarity of form and story.
How about you? Drop us a line here in the comment section and share your strategy, wisdom, or anti-resolution philosophy.