by Gail Johnson
Have you made plans for 2017?
I admit it took me a while to understand this thing called New Year’s Resolution. In the past, my resolutions were nothing more than a wish made and broken in the same month. Unfortunately, without a fairy godmother to wave her magic wand, I was doomed to fail every year. But not this year!
This year I didn’t stop with a resolution. I took it a step further and made a plan. That’s right, this pantser made a plan. And that process began with questions. Lots of questions.
Why make a resolution in the first place?
One synonym for resolution is the word purpose. Purpose, for me, brings stability to my life.
How will I reach my goal?
How encompasses the what, when, where, and who. Knowing the how keeps me from wandering aimlessly throughout the year.
What do I want to do this year?
That is the question we must ask ourselves. The answer, for me, was obvious. I want to publish my book.
When do I have time to work on my goal?
I failed in the past because I forgot to make room for life. Life happens. If I can’t write for one hour a day, I write for thirty minutes. If not thirty minutes, then fifteen minutes. This plan also works well in pages.
Did you know if you wrote one page a day you would have 365 pages at the end of the year? Even if you pencil in two months for holidays and vacation, you can still write over 300 pages in a year! That is a book, my friend! So, don’t set yourself up to fail. Live your life and set aside a portion of your time to write.
Who can help me?
You will find many writers who will happily share their knowledge with you. When you find these generous people, cherish their friendship. Do what you can to help them by promoting their books by word-of-mouth or by a review on social media. Both if possible. You won’t regret it.
However, not everyone will bother to answer your questions. Don’t take it personally. Discouragement is the enemy of productivity. Move on. Find someone else to ask and keep asking until you find someone willing to share the answers.
Where do I go to get helpful information?
This may take a little longer. In fact, it may take a lot longer. In the past eight years, I’ve waded through the overwhelming number of writing websites only to glean just a few keepers. Some sites I bookmarked and still visit often, and others I discarded. It wasn’t the person or the information–just the same info in a different package. Choosing the perfect ones for me was a combination of things. Along with writing advice, I looked for interaction and teaching technique. In the end, I found my fit. Find your fit and stick with them. They will teach and encourage you along the journey. And while you are looking for that perfect site, don’t forget Writing Prompts. We would love to have you visit every week!
So, if you haven’t made your New Year’s resolution, why not take the time to do it now?
The possibilities are endless!
Writing Prompt: Mary read the letter once more before laying it aside. Rejected. Maybe it wasn’t meant to be. Maybe God had other plans for her. Staring at the blinking cursor, her hand hovered over the delete button…