The new year has begun, and like early last year, I promised myself I would write a blog every two weeks, not because I expect people to read them, but to exercise my creativity - my writing muscles, if you will. But, if you read my 2020 posts, it's obvious that my writing muscles are mush, and I lacked personal integrity.
Why can we keep promises to others, while breaking them to ourselves? I have no issues delivering blogs on time to my day-job boss. Nor do I have any difficulties sending my fully-edited manuscript to the self-publisher by layout deadline.
I take seriously the promises I make to others and to myself, but somehow, blogging missed the memo.
I will remake that pledge, even with all that I have on my plate this year between my day job and my other writing commitments.
New Year Writing Resolutions
Exercise Every Day: Since COVID, I would fit in my exercises whenever I could find time in the day, but I am committing 2021 to morning workouts. I have the option to walk, spin on my Echelon, do my pushups and pull ups, and, of course, stretch. I will swim again once the pools re-open. Daily exercise energizes the body and mind, a perfect way to start a day of creativity.
Write My Novel: I don't have much time on my hands, so carving out a set schedule each night to write my full-length book will not only maintain and improve my writing, but it will advance my manuscript. A little bit of writing each day goes a long way.
Write in My Journal: Even though a journal is for my eyes only, it is another form of sharpening my writing skills. And it would be fun to read these journals years later, perhaps even getting new story ideas.
Meditate: According to Wikipedia, "Meditation is a practice where an individual uses a technique – such as mindfulness, or focusing the mind on a particular object, thought, or activity – to train attention and awareness, and achieve a mentally clear and emotionally calm and stable state." How can this not help in the practice of writing, and life overall?
Blog: Let's not forget why I started writing this blog post. Unlike my 2020 goal of blogging every two weeks, my 2021 goal will be more realistic. Bi-weekly blogging is not doable for me at the moment; therefore, I am going to change that promise to monthly blogging.
This little exercise has done two things for me:
1. Laid out my writing goals for this year (outside of Tillsonbugger Adventures)
2. Put out into cyber space the promises I am making to myself, thereby forcing me to fulfill my 2021 goals.