What are your New Year’s Resolutions as a writer? It’s a great time of year to start thinking about new projects, or finally finishing something that’s been hanging around for a while. It’s like a new blank sheet of paper in your typewriter (completely metaphorical since I’m sure almost everyone is using a computer these days).
Here’s my list of 5 writing resolutions for 2010:
1. Try to write something every day– this can be something simple like a blog entry or something larger like working on an essay or a story, but it has to be something for myself… not a function of my day job
2. Really analyze the balance of showing vs. telling (scenes vs. summary) in my work (this is something that editing Laurie Alberts’s book Showing & Telling has inspired me to do)
3. Write at least 1 brand new short story this year (not a recycled idea from previous writing)
4. Be generous with things that I’ve learned as a writer working in the publishing industry and share the things I discover with other writers.
5. Finally, finally try to do the NaNoWriMo novel in a month challenge (this is something I’ve been wanting to do for a couple of years, but never have).
So there’s my list. What about you? I’d love to see resolutions from other writers. Feel free to post in the comments. I wish you a very happy New Year. Live long and prosper.