Its coming up to that time of year again! The time of making resolutions, swearing to change bad habits, and starting anew!
Writers are not immune to this trend, and we all have those little quirks that we want to change in order to become better and more successful writers! For me, as I look at how infrequently I've been updating my blog lately, I have to admit being more dedicated is definitely at the top of my list. And I am sure my friends would say being stricter with my editing and revision lol
But, everyone has their own hopes for 2017, so in the spirit of the general season, here are a few New Years Resolutions for Writers!
1) Make more time for writing
This is probably the biggest one for all writers. No matter your genre, or whether it is your full time job or simply a hobby, finding the time to sit down and write is always the hardest part. We all have things that get in the way, but if we want to write, we need to do just that...stick your butt to that chair, and write. Yes, some people can bang out 10, 000 words in a week, while you've written 4. But guess what? Those 4 are still something! It is still better than a blank page!
My tip? Pick a time of day that is generally free of distraction, and designate that as your writing time. For me, it is between 9 and 10pm. Hubby watches his weird cop shows, so I retreat to the bedroom and write. Sometimes its editing previous chapters, other times its writing outlines, or maybe even a full new chapter. But at least its something, and its productive. So set aside that time, even if its only 3-4 times a week, and make that yours!
2) Edit, edit, edit
The bane of every writers existance is the dreading editing process. It is a pain in my butt, and something I suck at. Im sure my friends will agree, since most of my drafts (posted on Wattpad) are completely void of any editing at all. But it is important to at least give it a general self edit before posting, because no matter the forum, you want to make a good impression. And while your work may be stellar, it can be diluted with spelling errors and flubbage (yes, I made that word up). So try and give each chapter a general scan, and catch any of the big issues before you post. You can always go back and do a major editing round afterwards
3) Take risks
Everyone has their comfort zone in all things, and writing is no different. We all have our go to genre, the one we stick with, afraid to take risks and break out of the comfortable little bubble we know. In 2017, try and write something new! Writing is yours, no matter the genre, so if you've always considered writing a sci fi even though you identify as a romance writer, DO IT! There are no limits, and nothing is considered 'wrong' in writing. It can be fun and challenging to try your hand at something new, and might rejuvinate your love of writing!
4) Call yourself a writer!
This is a hard one for everyone, even some professional writers. Some feel that they arent really writers until they've released a traditionally published book, made a bestseller list, or maybe never. Writing, as with most creative arts, are considered as 'not a real way to make money' by some, despite the love and dedication it takes by those who do it. So you know what? Forget that! If you write, you're a writer! No matter the genre, whether you write short hiakus or full length novels...if you write, you're a writer! Call yourself one, and be proud!
5) Support others writers!
This goes without saying, but is something I think some people forget. Since writing is generally a solitary task, we sometimes dont think about reaching out and supporting others in the same skill set. Those within the Wattpad community know the power that supporting each other, leaving votes, comments, the forums, and chats can have on inspiration and encouragement. Sometimes all you need is someone to tell you they love what you're working on to give you the boost to keep going! So, if you have a writer that you enjoy, whether a newcomer or established, let them know! Alot of the time, the only feedback writers get are reviews, which are looking for qualities to pull down. As a fan, lift them up!
These are just a few general resolutions, and of course, everyone is different. Mold these to yourself and things you want to change for the new year and your writing!
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