Now that the holidays are over and the new year is upon us, we are free to think about our writing resolutions for the coming year.
So, what are they? To finally shop that novel you’ve been pouring your soul into for the better part of your adult life? Maybe you want to sign up for a writing class? Drive traffic to your website so more readers can stumble upon your writerly genius, making you an overnight success such as the world has never seen? (That sounds great! Sign me up.)
Or maybe you just want to finish a sentence, a chapter, a paragraph.
Whatever it is that you wish to accomplish in the coming year, you can. The real trick to completion and your own level of success is, first, getting started.
You know, just write. It’s that simple and that difficult. To those who don’t write, it seems the most elementary thing to do: “Just write.” For those of us who struggle with even getting started, we know the looming mystery of “Will I ever finish?” as intimately as some know their siblings or their shoe size. The truth is, we’ll never finish if we never begin.
So, write fiercely in 2014. Worry less about deadlines and edits. Write the story that you’ve pondered for the past year (or longer), the story that you can’t shake. Write it. You need no excuses. Make no excuses. Just do it, because when the coming year has rolled to a close, you know as well as I that you don’t want to still face the same question of Will I ever finish?
(Image via Pinterest)