So many of us – and I include myself in that number – make New Year’s Resolutions with the intention of being fitter or smarter. But, as is often the case, these plans fall by the wayside long before January is out. So, this year I’m reassessing my goals and breaking them down into manageable chunks.
The plan is to write at least 500 words a day with the ultimate goal of finishing the three part-written manuscripts that are taking up valuable space in my head. These stories all have a significance to me, so I can’t merely brush them aside and move on to pastures new.
However, that doesn’t mean to say that fresh ideas have no place in my life this year. Indeed they do. But that place is more structured this time, less of the ‘I threw this little story together ‘ type of whim and more of the ‘I have a definitive plan of action’ solution. I’m following a prompt series, that will allow me to write freely once a week about a new set of characters. This, I hope, will satisfy that craving and will result in a collection of scenes that can be rearranged – eventually – into a novella of their own.
Oh, and, just for fun (well, sort of – in a really crazy definition of the word) this accountability will keep me on track to being a more productive writer rather than a ‘busy doing nothing of any importance’ procrastinator.