It's a new year -- the time to look ahead, make new goals, and anticipate all the great things that are to come. But the problem with goals and resolutions is this: when we fall short, that anticipation can be quickly replaced with disappointment, discouragement, and defeat.
As writers, each new year holds the promise of new ideas, completed projects, and even published work. But let's step back from that for a moment. Put aside your resolution, your goals, and even your hopes and dreams. Take some time to think about and answer this question:
Why do I write?
The answer will be different for ever person. Creativity is never easily explained, nor does it come in a "one-size-fits-all" model. It comes from something deep inside us, and each answer is unique. If you've never asked yourself this before, take time to discover the answer. If you have considered it before, think about it again. Has it changed? Why do you write?
Once you have your answer, WRITE IT DOWN. Post it somewhere where you will see it before you sit down to write -- on your desk, computer or bulletin board. If it can be captured in an image, frame it and hang it in your writing space. Make it visible. It will keep you focused throughout the year and inspired to keep going even after you trip or fall.
A friend of mine who is a writer spends time at the beginning of every year writing a vision statement for her writing. Only after she finishes her vision statement will she write her goals for the year. That vision keeps her focused on her ultimate goal.
This year, I decided to do the same. I hope that you will join me.
WRITING PROMPT: Consider why you enjoy writing. Is it for self-pleasure? To be published? Is there something specific you want to say? Do you enjoy word play? Or torturing your characters? Is there a hurt that needs healing? Or something that needs to be broken in your life? Whatever the reason, identify it. Write it down. Then craft a vision statement to drive your writing for this year and beyond. Put it somewhere where you will see it when you write. Let it inspire you, drive you, keep you focuses, and most importantly, keep you writing!
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