I was inspired by a fellow classmate and forum moderator to compose a list of writing resolutions for the new year. I’d been kicking around the idea but hadn’t had the mental oomph yet to act on it, so I’m happy for the little reminder to do it. So here goes.
My resolutions are:
1. Track down all of my old and new poems and organise them into some sort of order – editable, throwable, workable, nuggets – and then sort those into further possible anthologies, which may or may not be complete and need additions, but it will hopefully help to focus my work some and give me a sense of solidity for what I have done so far (plus a healthy dose of humility and the need to develop my craft further). This will involve reading through old journals, burrowing into boxes that have sat in storage for 5 years, and scouring my computer, all good fodder for the compost heap of my writing mind.
2. Write 3 short stories of publishable quality and send them off, ad nauseum, until they are accepted or spat upon by someone.
3. Set up my new writing desk in my new house!
4. Take a leaf out of someone else’s (in the forums) book and get onto that timed writing/hand scrawling Natalie Goldberg thing – 15 minutes a day, that’s manageable!
5. Continue with my blog and its tracking process, and streamline it some. Also, make my own tally at home on the wall. There’s nothing like a growing tally in front of your eyes to motivate yourself!
6. Buy a printer, root out some (real) folders, get organised in HTTS and do one lesson a week. If that proves too hectic with all the rest of life, that I will at least do work on it every week.
7. Apply what I’ve learnt so far to my short story writing. And, work at the shorter courses to improve my character/plot/motivation/dialogue/scene skills.
8. Find a writer’s group in my local area that works for me, or form one.
9. Attend some poetry gigs and read and share my poems.
10. Read, read, read, everything I can. This will count as relaxation time.
11. Break up these resolutions into doable pieces with goals and timelines so it doesn’t seem like a mess or mash of time and ambition, but becomes instead a list and table of things that I can do, boxes I can tick, and satisfaction that I can feel, day after day til the end of the year.
I think that’s a fair whack of things to do, and I pray that I will achieve them.
The way to do many things is to do one thing, at once.
I’ve forgotten who said that, but it works.