Forget those dumb resolutions. But, a word for 2016 makes a lot of sense to me. A word that has meaning and is motivating. A word that will remind me to keep following my passion, even when I’m busy and/or lazy. So, my 2016 word of the year is….
And yes, I need that exclamation point in there, because it’s my way of sort of yelling at myself with the command, WRITE (such as “Write, You ____!” Fill-in-the blank with any expletive.)
I decided to make this my word of 2016 after I received a year-end review from WordPress (my blogging platform) about my blog. I was shocked to see that I only posted an entry 19 times this past year. Pathetic! I used to post up to three times a week on this blog. Then it became once a week. Then, once a month…And of course not surprisingly my readership has fallen off dramatically.
To be honest, some of this was a conscious move, not so much to purposely write less, but to write when I wanted to write and not because I felt I had to publish something. And of course I have a load of other excuses as to why I wrote less, including every day distractions, focusing on other projects (freelance copywriting, a new novel, but I won’t mention that I’ve only written about 5,000 words so far), tennis (what’s wrong with a little exercise?), Netflix (which also accounts for the fact that I barely read books anymore – NOT GOOD!) and good-old fashioned procrastination.
So, I’m not going to sit here and promise my three loyal blog readers that you’ll be seeing more posts from me. I don’t like to put that kind of pressure on myself, and that’s not necessarily my goal for 2016.
My goal is to write more — anywhere — whether it is here or on my novel or on a new essay. I have realized that the quality of my writing has suffered by not making this a daily practice like it used to be. Even this blog post was a struggle to write and it also kind of sucks. However, if you’re still with me, despite my less than stellar writing, this is what I plan to do:
I’m going to try one of two things. Apparently, in her book “Big Magic,” Elizabeth Gilbert says she makes the time to write at least 30 minutes a day. And yes, I’m saying “apparently” because I haven’t actually read her book, but I plan to! (Damn you Netflix!) But yes, 30 minutes a day is her requirement for herself. 30 minutes is EASY, I can actually do that! Or, if I don’t like to watch the clock, I may try this practice instead:
Write one page a day. I have a friend who I met at my Montana writing retreat who did this for a year straight. All she had to do was write at least one page every day and she was able to produce numerous blog posts and write an entire novel. I was and am inspired!
So, maybe you’ll be hearing from me more this year or maybe you won’t. But either way, I’ll be writing SOMEWHERE. (and since it just took me 30 minutes to write this blog post, my day one of writing everyday is complete).
HAPPY NEW YEAR!
P.S. This was a Finish-The-Sentence Friday post and this week’s sentence was “My 2016 word of the year is…” If you want to join the fun or read other posts that followed this prompt, click on this cute picture: