Here are some New Year resolutions you might like to try – in case you didn’t make any of your own!
Writing ones, that is…
Write the first page of a feature or short story, or perhaps even the opening page of that novel you’ve been planning to write. By the end of the page you might be hooked enough to carry on.
Or you could always treat yourself to my new book 😉 Order it from me and I’ll sign it for you!
Enter at least one short story competition.
Interview one of your friends or family and write up the piece as practice for feature writing..
Join a writing class or book yourself on a course.
Give yourself twenty minutes to write a selection of opening paragraphs. Then pick the best and make it into a 1000 word short story.
Start a manuscript group with 3 or 4 friends. It’s the best way to get motivated.
While on holiday, take a notebook and make notes. If you’re abroad, write down specific details, such as what food you ate, otherwise just note down landscapes and places of interest. You never know when they will come in useful for either fact or fiction.
Get out an old piece of work you weren’t happy with and try re-writing it from another character’s viewpoint.
Buy a notebook and keep it for writing titles in. Carry it around with you for when inspiration strikes.
Read out a piece of work you’ve been having trouble with to a trusted writer friend to see if they can help. This can be a reciprocal exercise.
Enter a poetry competition.
Write some Christmas verse and personalise your Christmas cards.