As children, many of us dreamed of becoming artists, writers, or photographers. Unfortunately, this creative bent was often lost at school or in front of a computer screen. But what if you could rediscover your passion and unlock a new calling?
This is the year you become a writer. And what do writers do? They write.
There’s nothing mystical or magical about it — you just have to show up and commit to doing the work. Place butt in chair, fingers on keys, and start typing.
And this, of course, is where most writers fail. They never actually write a word. They talk about writing, think about writing, even read about writing. But they do not write.
If you’re in the habit of making New Year’s Resolutions, which I’m not particularly fond of — but if you must — then here are 17 potential changes to consider for the New Year, especially if you’re a writer:
1. Write what you’re called to write. Your job is not to pander or entertain. It’s to create, to share stuff from the soul as you are moved. If others are moved, well, then that is merely coincidental. Consider it “gravy.” Your job is to write. Leave the results to the readers.
Writers write. It doesn’t seem that complicated, and yet you still struggle with establishing a writing habit. Why does a writing habit matter?
Because it’s a defining characteristic that differentiates amateurs from professionals. You can separate professionals from amateurs not only by the work they produce, but by the practice that goes into whatever they create.
This time of year is filled with joy, hope, and eggnog. We gather with loved ones to sing carols and exchange presents. But the best gift you can receive as a writer won’t be sitting under the tree.