A fresh year is upon us giving us a chance to approach the new year with a fresh slate. And like everyone else, I’m going to take the opportunity to make some new writing resolutions for a new year.

However, this year my, resolutions aren’t going to be about specific goals. It’s not going to be about the number of words I write during the year or the number of books I complete. No, I’m going to take James Clear’s advice and focus on my process instead.

2014 ResolutionsMy Writing Resolutions:

  1. To Make Writing a Habit.
    According to To Do Doing Done, it “only” takes 30 days to make a new behavior a habit. So, for the next 30 days, I’m going to make the first hour of my day all about writing. (I’m making this achievable by not saying something crazy like I’ll get up an hour earlier to write. That ain’t happenin’.) Instead of compulsively checking email, Facebook, twitter, and the rest, I’m going to have a nice hour of writing instead.
  2. To Start a Writing Schedule
    I have a lot of things I need (ok, want) to write during that hour each morning. I’m working on a middle grade novel, short stories for a personal anthology, and then I have the articles I want to write for the CBAY site, my parenting blog and here. My plan is to start focusing on different items on different days. For example, Monday will be my CBAY day, Tues & Weds my novel, etc. These won’t be set in stone, but they’ll help me form a routine.
  3. To Maximize My Writing Opportunities
    Every now and then, I get a chance to write for stretches at a time without other obligations butting in. I’m going to try to find more of these moments.
  4. To Find Writing Inspiration in My Every Day Life.
    Certain, obvious things inspire me to write: attending a writer’s conference or a writer’s retreat for example. I want to start trying to find inspiration in other places as I go about the everyday job of living. I’m not sure how I’ll do this, but I’m going to keep my eyes open.

Now, for my challenge for you: come up with a resolution for your writerly life. Again, it shouldn’t be a specific goal (like write a novel in 30 days), but instead by something that can influence your daily writing life. Share your goal below if you like, or keep it to yourself. Either way, you’ve made yourself a promise. Let me know if there’s a way for me or the writing community to help you keep it.