Why Not Reboot Your Writing in 2019?
As we approach the new year, we’re always dangerously tempted to make resolutions.
Rather than a die-hard ‘to do’ list for the next twelve months, here are five gentler opportunities to revive our flagging efforts as writers.
5 Simple Ways To Keep The Dream Alive
① Do a cappuccino audit
We sometimes forget about how far we’ve come and how much we’ve achieved in our writing. Other times it’s uncomfortable to realise just how far we’ve fallen behind in our ambitions.
Invite a fellow writer or friend – someone you trust – for a coffee date and talk about your writing in a fearless and honest way. Ask for constructive feedback.
② Carve out a creative space
Marie Kondo takes a simplistic Zen-like approach to creating more space in your life – not just physically, but emotionally and creatively too.
She believes that tidying is akin to having a conversation with ourselves. You need to find the joy in your space, she believes, and in your life too.
Set aside some time on a weekend to tidy out your writing space, study or home office. Redesign it so it becomes a place that you will love to write in.
③ Line up the skittles for a strike
Once you have a clear and beautiful spot in which to write and create, make sure you have everything you need at your fingertips.
Learn how to organise your research and keep your papers and notes in a central and easy-to-access place.
If you’re worried about social media and the internet as distractions, you could even go back to pen-and-paper (yellow legal pads are my favourite) or a good ol’ fashioned typewriter.
④ Read to feed
We learn from books and stories as much as we learn from books and courses on the craft of writing.
To be able to write, you must read constantly and voraciously. Set yourself a challenge to read two or three books a month.
⑤ Take it to heart
Finally, find your passion again. Spend some time reconnecting with the core of your story or novel. Take time to think about why you started a project in the first place.
You can also find some creative ways to set writing goals as you go into 2019 with a brave heart and a bold pen!
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