Five Writer Resolutions
“Writers have to be selfish. They stand at the edge of society and observe. Even when they are in the middle of an important work commitment, about to have a baby, studying for an exam, getting married or getting divorced, dealing with a serious illness, moving to a new country, moving house, cooking dinner for the family, or looking after a sick child, they write.”
“Do you really want to do this? If you’ve decided that you’re tough enough, I think you should include these in your resolutions:
- Make time to write every day. Remove distractions. Eliminate internet access. Tell everyone you do not want to be disturbed.
- Give yourself a realistic daily word count. It could be 200 words or 2000 words – whatever works for you.
- Give yourself a deadline. Count how many words you intend to write every day. You will be able to work out when your first draft should be finished. Put that on the calendar.
- Plot the book before you begin. This is so important and so obvious that I still cannot understand people who say they don’t want a plan. If you don’t want a detailed outline, at least write a synopsis.
- Join a writing group that will hold you accountable.”