I know, I know…four days ago I told you I’m not a big fan of New Year’s resolutions. And I’m still not. New Year’s resolutions seem cumbersome, unrealistic, and bi-products of a society that loves to tell you how to do you.
But today, in a coffee-guzzling attempt to find something meaningful to write, I backpedaled and brainstormed into (what I consider) a useful and (mostly) painless list of writing resolutions that, if practiced, will make me a better writer…which I aspire to become this year.
- I will vary my sentence structure.
- I will make good (verb) choices.
- I will edit down the word count of my final draft by 10%.
- I will brainstorm.
- I will write poor first drafts.
- I will eavesdrop on conversations.
- I will observe nature.
- I will share my writing with others.
- I will write about things I’m afraid of.
- I will write everyday.
You may not be a writer. But you are something: a parent, a student, a spouse, or maybe a jerk who wants to improve some facet of your life.
A generalized resolution like: I want to increase my intelligence is too vague and will fail.
But: I will read 10 pages of Shakespeare a day for an entire year is a specific, measurable resolution that is more likely to stick.
Bottom line—if a resolution is realistic and specific to your wants and aspirations, you’re more likely to achieve the goal.
Even if you aspire to be the jerkiest jerk in the room.