It’s near the end of January, and you haven’t stuck to your New Year’s writing resolutions.
That manuscript you started? It’s now to the side of your computer desk. Or your poem is half-scribbled on a few sheets of legal paper, ink starting to fade. Even your list of writing goals is collecting dust.
Hey, I get it. You’ve probably had a lot on your plate, with work and life. Or, you started the first few days consistently writing, only to have something happen and you told yourself you’d do it another day. Then another day becomes another and now you’ve stopped writing.
But, would you love to get back to writing daily? Do you want to finish what you started? I bet you do.
No one ever said writing daily is easy. Heck, it ain’t easy for me either. I can set all the alarms on my phone to write, jot it down on my multiple planners, and even make a huge sign and tape it to my door. I’ll still have days where I don’t write at all.
Then there are days where I force myself to write even when I don’t want to. Like doing this blog post. I’ve got a whole year’s worth of topics, and I fought to get myself to write while being sick. And the first two weeks of the year went down the drain.
I’ll help both of us stick to our New Year’s writing resolutions in 5 steps.
- Take a deep breath
- Tell yourself it’s okay if you didn’t finish
- Tell yourself you’re going to finish it
- Grab your pen and paper or computer
You’ll probably do the first three with no problem. Four and five are the humps you have to get over.
So how do you conquer the last two? You have to fight for it.
If you want something, you go for it. That emotional motivation is better than any alarm clock you set. Your passion for something is what gets you through anything. Find your reason why you want to write everyday.
Maybe you want a place to vent about your work day so you can be happier around others. You have a novel swirling in your head that keeps bugging you, telling you this would be a best-seller. Or writing gets you through the tough times in your life, such as a loss of a close friend or family member.
Find your why. Then put that all over your home. Set a reminder in your phone to let it pop up multiple times a day. Make it your screensaver.
That’s how you get your New Year’s writing resolutions back on track.
Passion is the best motivator. Use it.
How are you sticking to your resolution? Let me know in the comments!
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