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For Authors: January 03, 2018 Issue [#8688]

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 This week: Writing Resolution for the New Year
  Edited by: Vivian
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         Often writers become discouraged, overwhelmed, and negligent about writing. We don't give the time and attention to our work as we once did, or we never build a good writing platform. However, a new year is the time to recharge, reschedule, and revamp ourselves as writers.

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Writing Resolution for 2018

         Many times we become sluggish in our writing. We become too busy with other matters to give enough time to write; we become discouraged with all the revisions and editing and technical needs. Our writing may become boring or a struggle. The beginning of a new year is the time to resolve to become a more motivated writer.

         Let's use me as an example. I resolve to improve as a writer and to find motivation to become a better writer. A few ways I can fulfill this resolution follow:

1. I must renew my love of writing. One way is to read. Yes, read the writings of others. As I read, I take mental notes as to how I would improve the book or story. I think, "I can write as well as that or maybe better." So, I decide to prove I can. As I read something well-written, I lose myself in the joy of good word craft and want to write as well or better.

2. I need to set time every day to work on writing, even if I'm mentally developing ideas or preparing a scene. I may need to research (Yes, even fiction requires some research) or discover ways to develop believable twists in my plot. Of course, I must spend time several days a week at the keyboard, putting my words on paper.

3. I should pay attention to life around me. People watching creates character possibilities. Over-hearing gives us quotes we can incorporate in a story sometime. Becoming "detectives" to find possibilities for our writing can motivate us to improve and move forward.

4. I will search myself for the reasons I wanted to write, brush them off, polish them, and bring them back to life.

5. If I chart my writing progress, I can avoid feeling I'm not accomplishing much.

         Writing is profession only if we make it one. Even if we're not published, we are professional writers if we write professionally: setting goals, working toward those goals, improving our abilities. Happy New Year.

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