|I ♥ My Blog: Creating Resolutions for Your Writing Life|
Today’s task is all about creating proper resolutions for your writing life, and figuring out how to maintain your resolve with those resolutions.
According to Dictionary.com, a resolution is:
“a formal expression of opinion or intention made, usually after voting, by a formal organization, a legislature, a club, or other group.”One thing that strikes me as interesting in this definition is that a resolution demands group effort. So often when we make resolutions, we make them for ourselves. I will lose ten pounds. I will write more. I will do this, that, and the other thing. But a true resolution really demands teamwork. Many people come together to agree upon a course of action.
A second definition of resolution is “the mental state or quality of being resolved or resolute; firmness of purpose.” Here, we see that a resolution is more than just something we determine to do; a resolution is also something we are determined to do, or our determination itself. These are majorly significant factors to keep in mind before setting any resolutions. Why? Because without both factors, our resolutions usually won’t work!
Another interesting thing about the definition of resolution: it is often linked to that term “resolve.” I find this fascinating because resolve is, itself, a word with many implications. You might have resolve (determination, “firmness of purpose”). You might resolve a problem (fix, solve, etc.). Our resolve is both a means and an end; it is how we achieve our goals, and the result of our intent to achieve our goals.
It’s the same difference for me as when I was younger and the dishes needed to be done. Here’s a true confession: I loved doing dishes as a kid. I loved the time to myself and the sense of accomplishment and the surprise it gave my parents when I did them. But then came the time when dishes became “a chore”: My parents made me do the dishes. And suddenly, it was just that … a chore. I no longer wanted to do them; I had to do them. One thing I’m convinced keeps people—and for our purposes, writers—from achieving goals is that we look at them as obligations rather than desires. We say “I have to do this thing” instead of “I want to do this thing, and by golly I’m going to do it!” Maybe nobody should say “by golly” … but you see what I mean. So let us resolve (determine) to resolve (fix) the problem with our resolve (firmness of purpose) … by resolving (determining) not to set false resolutions (I must), but to set true resolves (I am determined).
As I said at the beginning of this post, today’s task is not to set resolutions, but to set proper resolutions for our writing lives. There are three steps to this task:
- Grab some paper (or your laptop) and a pen (or your fingers).
- Write “I am resolved to …” at the top of a fresh page.
- Fill in a list of your writing determinations.
Need some ideas for your “Writing Resolve”? Here are some of mine. I am resolved to …
- Embrace who I am as a writer
- Make time for my writing
- Allow my writing to “not be perfect” … and allow my writing to be perfected over time
Here are some synonyms for you to keep in mind as you resolve to be resolved. To have resolution is to have determination. It is to persevere. It is to be tenacious. It is to have strength. It is your fortitude. You are strong. You are mighty. You are writer. And, just as importantly: you are not alone. We are writers. Together, we are strong and mighty. We stand with you.
What are your writing resolutions or resolves for 2013? What are the problems or obstacles standing in the way of your writing life? What can you do to resolve those problems?
Remember: Resolutions are group efforts. You can live your writing life “untied” (separate, weaker), or live it “united” (together, stronger)! Feel free to share your writing resolves here. Share a post with them on your blog. Let others in on the changes you’re looking to make, and let them (let us!) stand with you.
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