Another year has come and gone. 2017, done. 2018 about to begin. I could make the standard resolutions: work out more, eat better, get my papers graded in a more timely manner, etc. etc. But I won’t. Not that those are not things worth doing; they are. But in many ways, they are destined to fail, especially if you’ve made those kind of resolutions before (as I have). No, this year I will make only one resolution: write more.
Now I know. That is an amorphous resolution. What qualifies as “more”? Is this a resolution also destined to fail because of its very ambiguity. But I don’t think so. From an optimistic point of view, that vagueness can work in its favor. Anything can be more!
This year that’s coming to a close has had its ups and downs (as I guess all years do), but a definite up was my writing life. I did a better job of keeping at it, and as a result, three poems were published somewhere other than this blog (or the Writer’s Digest Poem a Day blog in April). Yay! And there are quite a few pieces out for consideration. Hopefully 2018 brings good news for those pieces.
So here’s to 2018, a year that once seemed so far away is about to begin. May it find you healthy, bring you peace, and inspire the writer within. Cheers!
****This popped up in my inbox today, a day on which I usually set aside the afternoon for writing, but if you follow my blog, you know I sometimes have trouble keeping that appointment–like I will today due to a change in plans with friends from Tuesday to Wednesday for which I did not correspondingly set aside Tuesday afternoon for writing.
I particularly like this line: “Remember: Writing is never about what happens, but what it feels like when something happens.” Whether used for getting over one’s procrastination or simple (?) inspiration, it’s a good line. Wish me luck as I try to squeeze some writing time in today. Perhaps I’ll even try his exercises. ****
In this excerpt from Fearless Writing, author William Kenower shares an exercises for making your writing time sacred—and conquering procrastination.
***** Back in the end of October, I came across an article about NYC’s cabaret law which forbade dancing in bars and other establishments unless the business had a specific cabaret license, a law dating back nearly a century. Only 91 businesses in NYC of approximately 25,000 hold such a license, so if you have ever danced in a bar in NYC, you were probably breaking the law.
Here is a link to an article in The New York Times about the law and its repeal.