How to Start Writing in the New Year

Posted January 1, 2015 by Amanda Shofner in Writing / 2 Comments

how to start writing in the new yearI recently noticed I’ve got quite a few posts that begin with “Stop.” And while it’s all well-intentioned advice, it’s rather negative, too.

Stopping doesn’t tell you how to start something better

With 2015 just around the corner, it’s a good time to talk about goals and resolutions. Except “goals” and “resolutions” are often born of our disappointments and failures of the previous year. There’s something even more important to set first.

You should know what went well and what didn’t this year. If you don’t track or measure something, you can’t change it. But strip away the negative and disappointment to focus on what you can change next year.

Set writing intentions

Earlier this year, I had the opportunity to work on a book called Dramatically Zen, and one lesson that stuck with me was the idea of setting intentions, not resolutions. It all boils down to this: everything in life is a choice.

Wake up every morning and decide to be who you want to be. Do what you want to. If you wake up every morning and say, “I am a writer,” you will begin thinking like a writer—and find it easier to fit writing in your life. You have to believe in yourself first.

If you don’t see yourself as a writer, or a successful writer, life will find a way to reflect that image back to you

I’m big on mindset around here, and for good reason: when you want something, you find ways to make it happen. Your brain is a powerful tool that can either work for or against you. The best of goals won’t help you accomplish what you want if you don’t believe in yourself.

Should I repeat that? No goal or resolution will help you achieve what you want if you don’t believe you can do it. If you entertain doubts about your ability to write or edit or publish, those doubts will rise up to take the reins—and you will struggle to complete your goals.

My intention for 2015 is to be a successful author. I’ll still set weekly and daily goals. But I will approach every day believing in my authorship.

What’s your intention for 2015?

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2 responses to “How to Start Writing in the New Year

  1. Hey Amanda

    Here’s to more hopeful words, honest musings and heartfelt notes! #HUGSS

    My intention is to become a courageous writer – one who learns to stretch her limits with grace, geniality and gumption! 🙂

    Oh – and I want to launch my new blog this year 😀

    Thanks a lot for this message

    Kitto

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