Writing Resolutions Emma Crees
At the beginning of last year my main New Year’s Resolution was that 2014 would be the year that I completed a novel. By the end of it I’d have a draft ready to send out to agents. Fast forward one year and I don’t actually have a finished draft ready to go. I have a huge chunk of a draft and following some feedback at the Creative Writing Masterclass where Heidi-Jo and I met I’m redrafting and making big changes to make it better. So I’m ok with not meeting my goal.
With that in mind, I wanted to set some more writing resolutions for 2015. But having learned my lesson I wanted them to be a bit less specific. If I’m very specific about my goals it’s harder to reach them and all too easy to beat myself up about that when life gets in the way. I think this year I probably need to be more realistic.
My heart belongs to blogging. It’s something I’ve done since before it was called blogging (I wrote my first entry in 2000) and my current blog – A Writer In A Wheelchair – has content dating back to 2006. Something I’d really like is to do more with my blog. So my first goal is to blog more regularly. I was going to set a goal of writing three posts a week but some weeks I don’t have anything to say. Instead, I’m setting a goal of 10 blog entries a month including two book reviews.
Which leads me on to my second goal – make time to read every day. It probably seems like a strange goal to have on a list of writing resolutions. I always feel inspired when I read and reading a good book can be helpful when trying to work out how best to handle things like dialogue which I struggle with writing.
I’d like to write something five days out of seven this year. I think I can achieve a lot if I do that. And I also think that I can easily find the time to write on a daily basis. I do waste a lot of time on twitter and Facebook which I could cut down. Hopefully anyway it’s all too easy to say “I’ll just check twitter for five minutes and then write…” and surface again 40 minutes later with no time for anything and no words written… I’ve been thinking along the lines of trying to write 5000 words a week. That’s about half an hour each of those five days of writing but I’m keeping it flexible. As I write this it’s 9th January and I’m already thinking that it’s not a goal I’ve met in the first week of the year. Must try harder next week!
And as for my novel? Well, I plan to keep working on it. I would love to have it finished and ready to send out to agents by the end of the year. But that’ll be my secret wishful thinking goal (that I’ve now just shared with everyone who reads this post).
I’m looking forward to working on these goals throughout 2015 but I must admit to being unsure whether more specific goals like I had last year might have been better. Please feel free to come over to my own blog or twitter and bug me about them, particularly when it gets to roughly June and no one’s even heard me mention writing for about five months. I’ll be really grateful (even if I look like I’m frustrated when you ask.)