Friday Fun is a group post from the writers of the NHWN blog. Each week, we’ll pose and answer a different, get-to-know-us question. We hope you’ll join in by providing your answer in the comments.
QUESTION: What are three writing resolutions you have for 2015?
Julie Hennrikus: First, to become more comfortable with plotting, and trust the process. Second, to get into a regular writing habit. Maybe even 500 words a day, hopefully first thing in the morning. Third, to start and keep up with a gratitude journal.
Jamie Wallace: As I noted in my last weekend edition, I’m not a big fan of The Resolution. It has always seemed to be a judgmental sort of motivator, a bit hard core for my taste. I do, however, like to pick a word or a theme for the New Year. Last year, my word was “fierce,” a choice that inspired its own private Pinterest board.
For this year, I’ve chosen a phrase which spoke to me the moment I read it: Believe in your own magic. This simple phrase holds, for me, so much meaning. It is a gentle reminder of how each of us is both unique and worthy in her own way. It is a quiet but insistent call to have faith in that truth. And it is full of the enchanted possibilities that sprawl before us at the beginning of a bright and shiny new collection of 365 whole days.
Happy New Year to you. May your journey be filled with adventure and help you to believe in your own magic.
Lisa J. Jackson: I just have one at the moment: WRITE! I wasn’t as attentive to my fiction in 2014 as I wanted to be, so I’m renewing my energy for 2015 to get some short stories written and submitted somewhere. ANYwhere.
Write more. Write better. Write deeper. This includes my new blog, Living in Place; a new novel (no title yet); and a new column (in the works). But are these resolutions or goals? Resolutions invite attempts at perfection – and inevitable failure, whereas goals are achievable and success something that can be measured. So I’ll stick with goals and write my way through the year. Wishing everyone the same.
Diane MacKinnon: I just devoted a whole post to my writing goals for 2015, so I won’t repeat myself here. I think of resolutions as intentions rather than goals so I don’t apply them to each part of my life. A resolution I make every year is to be more present, more in the moment. I think I’ve been able to keep that resolution for the past number of years, but it’s an overarching theme of my life, to stay present, to experience my life as it’s happening, rather than live in my head, so I recommit myself to that resolution every year. Wishing you wonderful adventures in 2015! Happy New Year!
Wendy Thomas: I have quite a few goals (not resolutions) for the new year. I’m going to be changing my content focus (I’ll write a post about that soon to explain) which is going to take a bit of work and reflection. I’m determined to get 2 manuscripts out this year using that new focus. (one is already done (but needs to be revised to fit the new direction) and the other is currently in creation.) I’m also going to work on expanding my magazine writing (based on my new focus) and will actively seek new assignments. I have always wanted to try travel writing and so I might write a piece or two on a trip in the coming year. Lastly, I’m going to continue teaching college classes on Technical Writing and Blogging.
Best wishes to all our readers with your writing this coming year. Remember, the best way to accomplish your goals is to simply put your butt in a chair.