Happy New Year!
We all feel obligated to make New Year’s Resolutions, to acknowledge what went wrong in 2015 and attempt to fix it this year. These are generally frustrating, and people (read: me) aren’t very good at them, but I am resolved like never before for 2016.
I’m embarking on a challenge.
A new adventure, as it were.
I’m generally very time efficient, but when it comes to writing, I’m a major procrastinator. I make it excuses for why I haven’t written creatively in months because of school and other commitments. I end up feeling guilty, with plot bunnies and snatches of dialog or description drifting through my head like little wisps of clouds.
Therefore, in 2016 I resolve to write every single day. 366 times. To keep myself accountable, every single one of these writings will be posted to this blog. I am a busy person, so most of these writings (especially during the week) will be short. A drabble, poem, scene, or description. I’ve come up with a tentative calendar for what kinds of writing I’ll do when. It’s not firmly settled, and if an idea doesn’t call to me or meet the time I do have available I won’t use it that day. But, to keep me inspired and yet bounded, here is the weekly schedule:
Monday: 50 word story- A short story of 50 words or less.
Tuesday: An historical fiction piece- My great aunt tells me fabulous stories about the old days, so every week after I talk to her I’ll write one down.
Wednesday: Description- A description of a setting, event, or character. These may often tie in with my novel.
Thursday: An Observation- I’ll take something I’ve seen or heard and write, then see what I get.
Friday: Reflection- An essay, like this one about my writing journey.
Saturday: Inspired Writing- Writing based on other work, such as a song, book, TV show, or movie
Sunday: Plot-Driven- These will be episodes from my novel as I work on outlining and the first draft. These I may not post but I’ll post about how they go!
These posts will be categorized by the type of writing, as well as under a general category for this challenge, so you, my readers, can explore what I’ve written thus far.
Honestly, this plan is kind of scaring me right now, but I want to create this year and work for my dreams. I am not anticipating perfection or complete success, but I want to make an effort. After all, that’s half the battle, right?
I hope my journey inspires you! Feel free to comment on my work and critique it, or drop by to tell me about your own writing!
Happy 2016, and good luck on those resolutions!