Happy 2014! It is a new year full of possibilities. I don't usually make resolutions because I don't know about you, but I rarely keep them. Working out every morning at 5 a.m. sounds good on January 1st, but not so good by February 7th. But writer's resolutions are different. Those I can keep. I have made a list of resolutions for my writing this year--and I am sharing them with you in the hope that you might like to adopt one or two for your own writing this year.
1. Write more - just write.
2. Judge less - don't be your own harshest critic. Give your work time to grow.
3. Compare less - don't think about what someone else is doing or has already done. Stay focused.
4. Write for the love of writing - take publication, book sales, reviews off the table. Write because you love it.
5. Embark on new journeys - challenge yourself with new genres or characters that scare you. After all, writing is really a journey of discovery, is it not?
6. Find a writing friend - to discuss, critique, encourage. A positive writing friend is your secret to success.
7. Eliminate negatives - what is holding you back? Doubters in your life? Yourself? Purge your life of negatives and focus on the possibilities.
8. Curtail computer time - spend less time on Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest. Every moment is a time waster and your book is waiting.
9. Take time to breathe - remember to have that cup of tea in silence. Take a walk without music in your ears. Breathe. Give your imagination time and space to create.
10. No excuses - be honest with yourself. If something needs changing, change it. Excuses get in the way of our progress and allow us to fail. Don't give yourself permission to fail.
I wish you all happiness in your life and in your writing. Now I am going to take my own advice and get back to my work-in-progress...