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Writing Resolutions for the New Year and Beyond

By Jan 12, 201511 Comments

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The changing of the calendar is a popular time for everyone to make resolutions and promise to change themselves — for the better — during the upcoming year. People make pledges to work out more, eat healthier, save more money, spend more time with friends, and spend less time on the web. There is an inherent need to see each year as a separate entity, and each one should be just a little bit better than the last.

I recommit myself to various writing resolutions throughout the year. It comes in waves. I tell myself, this month I’ll totally meet all of my deadlines before the last second; I’ll get out and find more editing jobs; I’ll blog every single day; I’ll be more committed to finding and keeping new followers. I’m going to submit a certain number of articles for publication. I’ll finish so many chapters of a book. I’ll be the focused and driven writer I know I can be.

And no matter how many times I find myself getting stuck and letting the writing slide, there is always another chance to turn it around a try just a little bit harder.

Be inspired to take your writing to the next level with these writing and blogging resolutions.

Writing Resolutions

This year, I’ve made some resolutions regarding my writing. But these promises and pledges are not just for 2015. This is what I resolve to change for the rest of my life:

  1. I promise to call myself a writer. The fact that I don’t have a book on the shelves of Barnes and Noble, or that I don’t make a living wage off of my words doesn’t matter. That’s not what a writer is. A writer is someone who lives for the art of writing. And that’s me.
  2. I promise to stop thinking about my writing and my blogging as completely separate entities. Blogging is a form of a writing, just like poetry or fiction. Not all writing is blogging, but all blogging is writing.
  3. I promise to stop being hard on myself if a day (or a week…or a month…) passes without me putting words on paper (or laptop screen). I will forgive myself and move forward.
  4. I promise to read more often and more genres. Reading is education for the writer. I will read books and blogs and the articles my friends post on Facebook. I will read, read, and read some more.

    “If you don’t have time to read, you don’t have the time (or the tools) to write. Simple as that.”― Stephen King

  5. I promise to be more active in my writing communities and take advantage of the open forum they provide me to share in misery and pride in my writing (perceived) failures and victories.

Do you have any resolutions regarding your writing? Share them with us below!

About Roxanne Piskel

Roxanne is a single mother to an 8-year-old superhero and Doctor Who fanatic (okay, he gets it from her!). She is a Bay Area transplant living in Reno, NV who has about 5 novels in progress and dreams about completing one before her son goes to high school.

11 Comments

  • Kari says:

    Wow Roxanne! Many tks for this post! I recently post my resolutions and reading this article is great!!
    I´m so glad this kind of site exist and support bloggers 🙂 Cheers for an extraordinary 2015! Greetings from Panamá!

  • Rhonda says:

    I love number 3. I really need to incorporate this into other areas of my life besides blogging. Great list. Thanks for sharing.

  • Great resolutions, especially number one. I hesitate to call myself a writer at times, but I think it’s one of the key things we must do. If we don’t believe it ourselves how can we expect others. I’ve been practicing with the people who come to my door to sell me things. I’m a stay at home mom blogger and when they ask me what I do I say I’m a writer. Then they ask what I’ve written and I say I write a blog. More often than not I get the question, “What’s a blog?”

  • Meredith says:

    I love this article. I too had some resolutions and goals for the year. What is helping me stick with it is that I have a huge chalkboard wall in my office. Being the creative type, I write my goals really colorfully and large so anytime that I am working in there I can’t help but see where I want to go in 2015! Very clearly defined and I cam creating fun challenges on my blog to help me keep myself accountable. I am loving it thus far!

  • Jen says:

    Love this! I’ve realized lately that so often it comes down to perspective. Your positivity was exactly what I needed this morning.

  • Jhanis says:

    Love this! I hesitate calling myself a writer because I feel that my writings aren’t enough for me to be called one.

  • All of the above are my resolutions but I love #1.

  • Kimberlee says:

    This is a really great article. I need to add these to my list of resolutions. I may even have to create a sign for me to read to myself every day that says “I am a writer.”

  • Laina Turner says:

    I sometimes think half the battle is calling ourselves what we are and that’s a writer.

  • Ashlee says:

    I have kept my writing resolutions for this year in my head, but they’re there. I’m working on being consistent in my posting (5 days a week at a certain time) and working on sitting down for 1-2 hours when I can and building up my content. I’m also adding my essential oils site onto my blog and basically, I’m just working on getting all of my content together throughout the first part of the year and then taking it exactly where I want it to go for the rest of the year!

  • Charlotte says:

    Oh, I love this list… and that Stephen King quote! SO very true indeed… I love to get my hands on as many books I can. How can I ever fine-fine my own words if I don’t have a knack or understanding of what sounds fluid, melodic on paper?

    Thanks for this and I wish you continued success in the New Year! Also love that “not all writers are bloggers, but all bloggers are writers.” Swoon 🙂