Are we still talking about the New Year as if it were new? Please allow me one just more day, because I have special tips for you. Actually, I’m borrowing these tips from the blog of Jeff Goins, an excellent resource for all things writing; his post is here.
He suggested that instead of making resolutions, we should have resolve. By this, he means we should resolve to commit to a process which can actually help us achieve our writing goals.
He offered the following three tips. They made sense to me, so I wanted to share them, adapted with my own thoughts. They are:
- Set aside a time to practice. This is easier said than done. If I can wake up early enough, I have a better chance of doing this. A set, established time for practice is ideal. It’s easy to let the day get away from you and to make those excuses…Oh, I’ll get back to it tomorrow.
- Show up. This reinforces Item #1. Even if you miss your practice time, show up some time during the day. Sometimes even just taking 15 minutes to write can result in a big burst of creativity. I’m going to focus on writing and “showing up” everyday.
- Give yourself grace. It’s very easy to beat yourself up and tell yourself you’re no good. Not all writing days are good ones, but it’s important to push through. Allow yourself to write the worse crap in the Universe. Sometimes you just need to get it out of your system. Any words on a page are better than none. Writing is a process and, as with anything, there will be ups and downs.
Just remember, the bees never stop! It takes time to make honey.
Give yourself grace.
These tips will be the first thing on my wall in my writing nook. Happy writing!
What will keep your motivated to write this year?