Whenever someone asks me what I do, I feel so strange when I reply that I am a writer. That I can say it and have it be true. Not part time, not aspiring, but as my career. It’s something I have worked for, since I was very young, and I never once let go of it—yet.
It’s not quite as I’d like, mind you, but I’ll get there.
Since it’s a new year, and everyone else seems to be doing it, I thought I would make a couple of writing resolutions for myself to help me to keep pushing, since that is sometimes the hardest part. You are probably aware that I don’t set writing goals for myself necessarily, so if you find my resolutions a bit odd, you needn’t be surprised.
1) Purchase a new book every month. I used to do this a few years ago. Sometimes I would even get one every paycheck. I have always believed that reading is a huge part of writing, and that to really become a revered writer, you first need to conquer the subtle art of reading. You need to learn to savor the simplest of words. You need to be able to take simple meanings from the longest passages.
I don’t want to read more, because I read an awful lot already, but I do want to read more new material. I plan to start hacking away at my TBR list by actually buying some of the books on it.
2) Finish writing that one story I’ve been working on. I have a short story that I have been writing for months. I haven’t been actively working on it. I add a bit, leave it for a month or two, then add a bit more. The story called to me long ago, I just haven’t finished pouring it onto paper (or a screen) yet. After I finish it, I suppose I will try to submit it to a small publisher of magazines.
I may also try to find the right home for a story that has received a couple of rejections. It’s a good piece, it just hasn’t found its fit yet. But, it will.
3) Do something nice for other writers. I try to provide good advice and conversation on this blog, but I’d like to do something more. Whether that means offering to edit a few shorts that have been rejected, or maybe even publishing a few on my blog so that they are at least published somewhere, I don’t know yet. Actually, if you have suggestions as to how I could really thank my readers and dedicated conversationalists, feel free to let me know.
And, to be honest, that’s about all I’ve got. I could say that I want to start jotting down that novel I’ve been dreaming about, or I could say that this year I will write an outrageous number of words, but that’s just not how I work. I’ll likely do what I want to, when the time calls to me, and do it better than I would had I forced myself.
What about you? Any writing resolutions this year, or are you more like me? Did you make any resolutions that you gave up on already?