“Tomorrow, is the first blank page of a 365 page book. Write a good one.”
― Brad Paisley
The New Year is here, and you know what that means; it’s time to quit stalling and start writing! Here are five helpful resolutions for any determined wordsmith in 2016:
Resolve to Find Your Voice. The first step in writing is writing for yourself. Don’t write on topics you have no interest in, or in a voice that you don’t relate to. When writing, you need to write for your own enjoyment, and to share the message or story that you believe in.
Resolve to Make the Time. Finding the time to sit down, collect your thoughts and put them onto paper may seem daunting, but it is absolutely crucial to get started. The simplest way to find time, is to create it – and the easiest way to do that is to cut out unnecessary distractions. Such distractions may include watching TV, interacting on social media or even going out frequently. Though it may seem unfair to limit the time you spend on these activities, if you’re always doing other things, you’ll never get around to writing.
Resolve to Read More. Reading is more than research, it is part of honing your craft. By reading more, you are opening your mind and vocabulary up to infinite possibilities for your own story. There are a myriad of different books in the world, and by absorbing a variety of literature you are not only educating yourself, but your readers as well.
Resolve to Acknowledging Your Talent. Sometimes one of the most difficult factors to overcome when writing is yourself. It is easy to look at your work under a microscope, and pick apart each and every word until you’re blue in the face, but take a step back and breathe. You are human, and you have a gift. Writing is not easy, but having a negative opinion of yourself will only make things harder. You will find writing much more enjoyable when you are less critical of yourself, so stay positive.
Resolve to Get It Done. No more excuses, the time is here and now! If you’re always waiting for the perfect time or head space to begin your project, you will never start it.
A resolution means nothing unless it is acted upon. Take the steps, find your voice, make the time, read more, acknowledge your talent, and GET IT DONE. As Benjamin Franklin once said, “Never leave that ’til tomorrow which you can do today.”