New Year's Day is a time for resolutions.
Sure, you can promise yourself that you'll exercise more, eat less, and generally become a better person.
And on or about January 3rd, you stop fooling yourself and return to normal.
This year, however, make a promise to yourself to be the writer you always tell yourself that you are.
"If it is to be, it's up to me."
If you have ideas that you keep losing, carry a notebook so you can write them down.
Don't just talk about your writing, start writing even if it means taking a short lunch, getting up early in the morning or staying up a little later at night.
If you start writing something, finish it.
When you finish a piece, send it to someone to read, whether it's a friend, a relative, a spouse, or just someone whose opinion matters to you.
If someone cares to give you feedback on your story, ponder it carefully to see if you need to take it with a grain of salt, a spoonful of sugar, or to heart.
Remember that part of the craft of writing is REwriting. Like Football, you run the play until you get it right.
Study your market. Keep your eye peeled for opportunities and if there aren't any, don't waste your time so you can give your attention to someone who is looking for you and your work.
Network and share your wisdom. The person you help today could become a friend and a little gratitude goes a long way sometimes.
If you send out your work and it comes back, learn from the experience and send it out again.
If you are tired of having your writing come back, consider publishing it yourself.
Start thinking of yourself as a WRITER because you are WRITING and WORKING to put it before other people.
And never give up.
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May 2013 be YOUR year. I plan to make it mine.
Until next time, be good to yourself, be good to each other, and stay creative!