Yes, this is the year you’re going to write that book—your first book, or your next book. That’s why you’re here.
However, this is not the usual resolution, or exactly a goal. I love the way Leo Babauta of Zen Habits suggests that we can change our lives in four lines:
1. Start very small.
2. Do only one change at a time.
3. Be present and enjoy the activity (don’t focus on results).
4. Be grateful for every step you take.
In case you believe you must work harder than that, Leo offers examples of dramatic changes he made by beginning so simply. You can find that here. And more about Leo here.
So this week, you’re going to breathe, and smile, and be grateful for the enjoyment you will feel this year, because you will enjoy the process. You may think about writing if you like. You can start writing, if you promise to keep it small and enjoy it. Be grateful that you’re even thinking about writing, that you are capable of writing.
Text © Gwyn Nichols 2013. All rights reserved. WritersResort.com
Photo © Chris LeCraw iStockPhoto.com #818351
(If you must have a goal, Susan J. Morris has wonderful ideas in this article. Remember–one small change at a time. Not all 10.)
- Resolutions for Writers: 10 Ways to Hone Your Craft in 2013 (omnivoracious.com)
Good advice! I’ve included it in my post today, thanks.
Thank you, Arabella. It’s great to meet you and swap encouragement for our own books and our clients this year.
This is perfect! Thanks for a great post.
Thanks, Gwen! And I love your blog title: Writer in Training. May we all be there.