A week into the New Year and how many resolutions have fallen by the wayside already? Did you, like most writers, resolve to write more or publish more? How do you keep you motivated when the mornings are still dark and the weather’s dull, grey and wet?
Don’t make general “Write More” Resolutions
Sitting staring at a blank screen or with a notebook and pen handy is presenteeism, not writing. If you write more, you also need to edit more because you’ve have more material to work with.
Reading isn’t just about research but also about learning to write. If you don’t read, you’re not a writer.
Focus on what you can control
“Get more poems/stories/articles published” sounds like good resolution, but it’s not you who decides what gets published. You could find yourself sending out more work to editors, but the extra submissions not getting published. Keep in mind that poems and stories accepted this year might not be published this year.
Instead, focus on what work you are sending where and resolve to improve your targeting of submissions to increase your chances of getting published.
Don’t start all your Resolutions in January
It’s more logical to use January to continue with existing projects and start new projects when the season turns to Spring. Rather than focus on competitions or publications with an end of January deadline, look to planning ahead for deadlines later in the year as well.
By Emma Lee