Happy New Year.
As the new year has just begun, it’s time to reflect on your writing journey throughout 2012 and think about how you can improve your writing or how you can make more time for your writing, or both. You need to consider:
- How much you write?
- When you write?
- What you write about?
- How long it takes you to write?
- What things you could give up or do less of to spend more time writing?
- How can you find ‘spare’ moments to write?
If you are writing vast amounts but not seeing an outcome, in other words you are not seeing a story forming, it could be that quantity has taken over quality and you need to have a re-think and focus on practicing writing shorter pieces in order to develop the quality of your work.
If on the other hand, you found it hard to get started on your writing and you hadn’t written much in 2012, then it’s time to get creative.
Grab a pen and ten sheets of paper. On each sheet write one of the following category titles:
You should have a total of ten pages, each with a title from the above list.
Next, you need to write anything that springs to mind under each title. For example, for animals you may write dog, cat, horse, pig or sheep.
For Birds you could write, emu, peacock, sparrow, finch, duck, chicken.
For family you could write, mum, dad, sister, brother, uncle, cousin.
For people you could write anything from a detective to a boy called Peter.
Write whatever comes to your mind for each title. Go crazy if you want to, the more absurd and weird the better. This exercise is not only good for unleashing your creativity and to get you thinking differently but when you get writer’s block or just crave for fresh story ideas, you can get inspiration from these pieces of paper and can make a story out of one or more of the things you have listed for each category or from just a few categories. This means you will have no excuses for not having a new year’s resolution to either write more or to improve the quality of your writing.
My new year’s resolution is to change my quirkybooks.net site into a much more sophisticated and attractive design, incorporating an e-Book store, so watch this space for future details.
Whatever your writing resolution ensure you have one because without setting any goals you won’t take action and nothing will be achieved. If you want to progress with your writing, you need a resolution. Good luck and let me know how you get on.