A new year means writing New Year’s resolutions for many of us. I am not one to write these, typically, though I often mentally think of them. However, this year, I did write a variety of lists, both personal and professional, in order to concretely visualize the goals I wanted to accomplish this year. They ranged from getting back on board with my vegetarianism to developing a consistent walking routine to writing every day. Below are my unfiltered writing resolutions from my journal. I haven’t looked at them since January 3.
- Write every day. No matter what. It has to be a necessity. Like brushing my teeth. (Do that, too.)
- It doesn’t have to be in a writing notebook. Journaling counts.
- It doesn’t have to be 5 pages long. 1 sentence counts. 1 sentence can be everything. Ideas are good, too.
- That said, plan times to write or you will never finish anything. Treat writing like it’s your job if you ever want it to be.
- Come up with some sort of payment system for writing. Maybe set aside a dollar for every hour of actual work?
- Submit some sort of something once a month.
- Look for places to submit to once a week.
- Use spreadsheet and update it.
- Get a complete first draft of “December” done by 2016.
I think, overall, my resolutions are pretty doable and reasonable. So far, I have been doing OK with the writing every day, though I’m not quite there. I would say I average 2 or 3 times a week right now. However, I have developed the incentive system (discussed in this post) and it is helping with the daily freewriting and writing in general. I have yet to plan times to write aside from thinking that my free days of Tuesdays and Thursdays are days I should use. And I have yet to submit anything or prepare anything to submit. I plan to check in with these throughout the year, though, as I want to actually stick to them.
Have you developed any New Year’s writing resolutions? How have they worked out for you? Let me know in the comments.