Our hopes for the New Year.
And what are those things you wish to do in the New Year that you allowed to elude your grasp in the year past? Did you vow to shed those extra pounds? Getting in better physical condition always seems to be high on many lists. However, when you give those things that we should do any serious consideration, you realize how much there is that could be made better. You must then choose those which are most important to you and the ones you love.
But, now, since this is an encouragement for a writing community, let us focus on that which writers might wish to accomplish. Are you writing enough? I, for one, write a great deal, but I could surely increase my output while improving its substantive content. If we are going to write, at least let us have something to say; and that something should convey its message clearly to the reader. And what about those reviews? I give a reasonable number of reviews, but I want to do more reviewing in the coming year. In my reviewing, I especially wish to center my attention on those parts of analysis which will be of most benefit to the writer. Reviews that say little about what has been written are of dubious benefit. “Nice job” is not a review. No one should be awarded points for such laziness. So, let’s try to do more and better reviews in this New Year. I don’t know about you, but I have a goodly stack of unread books that need a reading. I read a lot, but I always have a waiting list for my attention. I did a rough count and came up with a conservative estimate of sixty unread books. Considering that some are books of 300 pages or more, I would like to read about thirty books in 2017. We’ll see how that goes. Another thing that I would like to do in the New Year is to compose my first fictional story. I have never written fiction before, so that will be a challenge, and kind of scary. This approaching New year will be a challenge for the whole Writing.com community. I hope you have some plans of your own which include being a better writer and a better member of our writing family.
Finally, being a better writer includes being a better and happier individual. The key to contentment is to love people and use things instead of it being the other way around. It all starts with focusing on those things that really matter. Do any of us need the latest gadgets to make us happy, or do we need our health and the safety of those we love? Wouldn’t the New Year be all the better if we cleaned out the over-stuffed closet of the outer man, and concentrated on that satisfaction of life which the inner-man longs for? Let us give it a try, and the New Year can be more fulfilling and productive than we might have imagined.