Once again it’s that time, time to share a few moments with other writers around the world. We may be insecure, but we’ve got a lot to say on the subject. So, if you want to learn more or if you’re a fellow insecure writer, hop on over to the blog via the picture above. There’s a large pool of talent awaiting you. It’s a new year why not find meet new people? Writers are always good. 🙂
And by the way, to everyone out there that is celebrating a new year:
Now on to my insecurity for this month. And I must admit it’s not really an insecurity. Since it is a new year, I’m taking this opportunity to set some writing goals for myself. Cliche, maybe, but I recently had a couple of weeks off, and during that time I did several things that I hadn’t done in a while: pleasure reading, multiple reviews for other writers, and relaxing. And, my creativity meter felt like it went through the roof. Because I want more of that, and I know it isn’t possible to quit my day job to get it, I want to set forth specific goals that may keep the creative juices flowing even when things get busy.
- Read more books in the genre of my current work-in-progress. Instead of watching TV before bed, I’d like to commit to reading a bit each night from one of the books piled high on my bedside table.
- Two reviews of other writers per week. I have a fabulous critique group, and I have let many weeks pass with one or fewer reviews. Not only is that a let down as a partner, but it lessens how much I’m learning about my craft. In order to continue to develop my writing skills, I need to think about how writing decisions contribute the whole of a story, and the best way I’ve found to do that is through reviewing the work of other writers.
- Last but not least, I need to allow myself to occasionally take a break. Now, I’m not saying that I never do. In fact, I regularly have one day per week where I’m just too tired, or busy, or… but what I think I need to do is use that time in another way that fuels me instead of beating myself up over it. If I’m honestly stuck, or I’m just exhausted, I plan to put my head back and listen to music, watch a movie I like, or click through some beautiful images online. Something that keeps my brain creatively spinning while my body takes the break it needs.
Although this list seems simple, and I am already doing these things sometimes, I need to commit to a more regular habit. If I’m going to reduce my insecurities, or at least make better use of them, I need to work harder and smarter.
I know I’m not the only one making resolutions of sorts for the coming year. What are some of the things other writers want to commit themselves to? (Note: I didn’t say places :))