How to make the year 2011 really count writing-wise? Join me behind the cut to learn what new and exciting things we can do during this year.
It’s said that the only way to learn to write… is to write, of course! Everything else adds to it, but without actually writing, there is no way to master that craft.
No matter how much you love writing, it can be surprisingly difficult to write every single day. Start small: even 5 or 10 minutes will do the trick. Try your hand at freewriting, keeping a blog or flash fiction. This blog is updated daily with writing ideas, so you can use those to inspire you.
2. Indeed, why not keep a blog?
Writing a blog is the best way to keep writing at a regular pace. You don’t need to update it every day, but rather write in it when you feel like it, or on a weekly basis. Write about something you care about, and don’t worry too much about publicity. Your audience will start to appear once you have content to offer them.
3. Try to publish!
Chances are that you are an aspiring author, and have not yet published much. The thought may seem intimidating, but why not try? Cook up some short stories and seek out magazines that publish them. Enter competitions if that seems more interesting. The long summer weeks might seem like ions away, but why not start planning for a book to write during the holidays? No one can blame you for trying, and even if you have no luck, the knowledge that you put yourself out there will inspire you to continue.
4. Write a book, you say?
Writing a book is a great challenge, but also very much fun. Consider joining NaNoWriMo 2011 in November. NaNoWriMo challenges you to write 50 000 words (approx. 200 pages) in just 30 days. It’s crazy, but it’s fun! Alternatively, you can plan to start during the summer holidays, or jump in right now. Stay tuned on the blog for articles on novel planning, outlining and writing!
5. Try your hand at something different.
It’s far too easy to get trapped in your old ways: I myself keep to fantasy writing most of the time, and usually keep working on novels rather than shorter stories. Now is the time to try out new, strange things! Leave the safe woodland path of your chosen genre, and run into the unexplored wilderness of new ideas and challenges! If you are like me and have never written a horror story, why not do it now? Or perhaps dive into poetry or writing minute novels? What about this: non-fiction. Anything is possible.
Some think writing is a lonely job, but it doesn’t have to be that way: this blog is living proof of that. There are thousands of writers on the internet, communicating, socializing and learning their craft with others. Join a couple of forums, subscribe to blogs or get to reading Writing Magazine (or any other magazine with similar themes) to find likeminded people who all strive to learn and explore new things about writing in 2011.
“Well, it’s easy for you to say! You just write articles about this stuff, you don’t have to do it.” Well, sir, I accept your challenge, for my New Year’s resolutions are the following: 1. Update this blog every day with a prompt or idea for you to enjoy. 2. Start a blog and keep to it. 3. Try to get something published somewhere else than on this or any other blog. 4. Finish my work-in-progress book and edit it properly. 5. Try to write in different genres & formats. This blog is already something unusual for me, but I shouldn’t stop at just this. 6. Get back into the writing community.
I will do my best! Let’s charge right into the year 2011, together.