Tuesday, December 26, 2017


post by Lynn

I’m not normally one to make New Year’s resolutions, but I decided this year that I will—resolutions for my writing life.

I hereby resolve to fail more 

“Failure is a bruise, not a tattoo.”
- Jon Sinclair 
In 2018 I want to accumulate failure because then I’ll know I’m stretching my abilities. In order to fail I must put my writing out there (submit!) and in order to do that I must complete poems, essays, stories and blog posts and in order to do that I must write, write and write!

So if you see me on December 31st, 2018 with bruises all over, you’ll understand why I have that big smile on my face.

I hereby resolve to cut down on my screen time 

To get my face into a book instead of Facebook.

Next up: A Wrinkle in Time. by Madeleine L'Engle. I’ve never read it and I want to before I go and see the movie.

I hereby resolve to stick to my writing rituals 

“The pleasure of doing a thing in the same way at the same time every day, and savoring it, should be noted.” 
Arnold Bennett 

It’s such a soothing thing to wake up (5:30 am-ish) and know exactly what I’ll be doing as soon as I get my cup of coffee ready. I’ll be crawling onto my chaise, pulling the quilted throw over my lap, extracting my journal from the bookcase and writing.

Unless I’m traveling (and often when I am) I know this is how I’ll start my day. No equivocation. No “what should I do first today?”

I have a system, a process, and I stick to it. (See what James Clear has to say about system vs. goals here.)

Here’s what I know for a fact: 99% of what I produce as a writer has its genesis in those early morning hours.

Why would I want to mess with that?

I hereby resolve to treasure my time with my writing group 

I need the instruction, distraction, the traction and writerly interaction, and even more than needing it, I derive a lot of pleasure from it.

Here’s looking at you Judy, Mike, Beth, Susan and Thesanica!

I hereby resolve to trust my intuition more when it comes to feedback on my writing 

“He who builds according to every man’s advice will have a crooked house.” 
Danish proverb 

I also resolve to offer feedback to other writers with less fervor—as if I know exactly how the writing should be changed. Hubris!

I want to remember that the best gift to a writer is the gift of a close reading. I can point out where I get confused, or stuck, or bored, but it’s up to the author to decide what to do with that information.  

There you have it—5 resolutions. I’ll print them off and revisit them frequently.

So what do you hereby resolve to do for your writing life in 2018? 

And by the way...

Susan and are grateful that you visit the Writing Wyoming blog, and wish you a happy, healthy and writing-filled 2018!