Thursday, 9 September 2010

New Year Resolutions

The children are back in school, the holiday season is over and the nights are drawing in. The leaves are beginning to turn and Autumn in just around the corner but that doesn't mean that we should let our aspirations, in terms of our writing, wither and die.

It is like the new year, a time to re group, take stock of where we are and what we hope to achieve over the long winter months. After the winter of 2009, it is a great temptation to hibernate, to don our fluffy slippers, turn the heating up and buy in copious jars of hot chocolate. But STOP - don't curl up on the sofa and lose yourself in the TV. For the long dark nights are an ideal time to put pen to paper, fingers to the keyboard and lose yourself in your writing.

Imagine the new year having achieved your goals, having work ready to submit to that publisher or even better, that publishing deal. What a positive way to start 2011. There is no one going to make it happen but YOU.

What a crime it would be to let all that creativity, all that talent, dry up like the crisp autumn leaves.

So make those resolutions early and invest the time. It is often said that as writers we are compelled to write and yet often it is the last thing on our rotas. My advice is to look at your diary, set out your writing time and let the rest of your life work around it. Even if it means getting up with the dawn chorus.

Quote of the Week

It is impossible to discourage the real writers - they don't give a damn what you say, they're going to write. ~Sinclair Lewis

Don't be discouraged, don't be distracted, stay focused and WRITE.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

This is very good advice as we're all in a position to establish new routines after the summer break.

it's an opportunity for those who are novelists to get geared up for National Novel Writing Month (1-30 November) and for writers of non-fiction and short stories to complete and polish pieces for the many competitions taking place this autumn (see for more details).

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