If you are like most writers, you did not accomplish everything you set out to in the old year. Well, olden times are over and you have a rare window of opportunity to start anew. (Okay, every moment you have that opportunity, as you mindful meditators know, but I can't help but work myself up into a New Year's Column Tizzy!) So here goes, Joes:


1. You feel better when you write, and even better when you meet a deadline.


2. You are not getting any younger.


3. These are highly volatile times we are a-living in, kids. Wouldn't it be nice to put your observations, fictional or non-fictional, down for posterity?


4. How many more techno gadgets can you play with? (Though I hope you'll grab my "Bang the Keys" writing exercise app -- available this month!)


5. To feel like a real writer you must write. After you've written you must revise, revise, revise.


6. Doesn't the element of surprise thrill you? Something new could happen for you on the page ...


7. Working on your craft is pleasurable even if you have no publishing ambitions.


8. Life is short and you don't have forever. (Whoa, thanks, grim reaper.)


9. Even just making this a slightly better year for your writing will feel fabulous.


10. Free space. You fill in the blank.


For more on the craft and practice of writing, please check out my book,

Bang the Keys and visit my website at www.bangthekeys.com. Happy New Year, Mateys!










by on ‎01-05-2011 08:18 PM

#2 & #8...Jill?  did you have to remind me?  Ha!  Good list, and I'm trying to achieve them...working hard, hard at work on a book!


#10 - I joined a writers group, and they've been magnificent to me, and for me.  Supportive,  I couldn't have done it without them!



And thanks to you, too!  Happy, and prosperous, New Year!


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