Happy 2015! How was everyone’s New Year? I’m back and raring to go. And as for my first post of the new year, there’s a few things I must address and discuss. I ended 2014 reflecting back and looking forwards. This time I want to look at the ways that a writer can keep their commitments. How can a writer, like you or myself, who have a daytime job and family needs to take care of, not just find the time to write? But what are the little things that can be done to keep yourself rejuvenated and write consistently.
rst, yes writing everyday is one of those things. In order for you to write your story, you must write, write and write. But I can tell you how tiring it is to work a 9 to 5 in a cubicle. Then commute, pick up your kids and prepare dinner and lunch the next day. Followed by some cleaning or heaven forbid, work you brought home. Basically by the end of the day you’re exhausted. And exhaustion is the kryptonite of creativity. Why? Exhaustion causes sluggishness which make you seek your bed in favor of your work in progress. And in hope that you’ll find the time to write tomorrow. Your book won’t write itself. And just as children need a certain amount of sleep to function and alert at school, so do you. As crafting a novel requires stamina and endurance. Both of which is needed to continue to write your story into completion.
I know you want to take advantage of bedtime and write when everyone is asleep (that’s what I like to do). But with the proper sleep, you’re more refreshed. And your creative reservoir is continually replenished. If you’re unable to find the time to write on a particular day, then jot down the ideas springing forth. It’s best to keep a handy notebook and pen nearby (I always carry one). Or record them in your notebook app or the recorder on your phone. So at the end of the day, the most underlooked and important key of creativity, is being well rested. You can read more about the importance of sleep by reading Melissa Walker’s article on Yahoo!Health, “The Exact Time You Should Go To Bed.”
Another to way to keep your writing goals is by setting realistic and doable writing tasks. Simple tasks that you can follow and in turn helps turn your resolutions into a lifestyle. Is it any wonder, that people can’t keep their resolutions for the new year? This will help lessen your resolutions from falling off the wayside. And help you to write consistently. I planned to work on my book blog work in progress in the beginning of the year. See my previous post, “Rounding Out 2014,” for more. That was folly on my part, as this time of year is the busiest period at my organization. So it’s been moved to May, a more freeing period at work, to give myself fully to my Harbinger and Nadia series. But before then I do plan to review, note and comment on them. And in its stead, I’ve tasked myself to collect lines and write a poem a day. As well as to challenge myself to write 50 poems, have them critiqued and edited in 90 days.
So there you have it, two very basic yet fundamental ways to reach your writing goals in 2015. What are your writing plans for the 2015? And what steps or tasks you’re undertaking to ensure you stay on plan? And what overlooked tips you’d like to share that can help with a writer’s motivation?
PS. I’ve written a call to action of sorts to interested bloggers who’d like to write a guest blog on the site. If you are such a blogger or know of someone, you can contact me and visit the original post to read more about it.