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MARIELENA ZUNIGA: WRITING RESOLUTIONS FOR THE NEW YEAR

December 28, 2009

We’re entering a new decade. It doesn’t seem possible that 10 years have come and gone since the Millennium, but here we are, ready to launch into the year 2010. With the New Year come the traditional resolutions. While many of us will set personal goals (losing weight, eating healthier, etc.), those of us who are writers may want to set out with new perspectives and attitudes.

Write. This first goal is the simplest and yet hardest. Simply write. It seems I can always find a hundred excuses for NOT writing. But in the end, if that’s who we claim to be — writers — then that is what we must do — write. It doesn’t have to be long. It doesn’t have to be fancy. Commit to 10 minutes a day. Write a page of your novel. At the end of 2010, you’ll have 365 pages, a bonafide book!

Have confidence. This one is tough for me. Like many writers, I’m a tad insecure about what I write. Is it good enough? Will readers enjoy it? The truth is, we have to believe in ourselves and our talents. Since we’re still in the Christmas season, I’ll quote from the little girl in the movie “Miracle on 34th Street” who wanted a house. She kept repeating, “I believe. I believe.” We need to do that, too, knowing that what we write is not only good enough, but probably better than most.

Set goals. Along with the first two resolutions, write down WHAT you want to accomplish, and BY WHEN. In other words, by January 31st I will have 25 pages of my book written. By December 31st, 2010, my book will be completed.

Reward thyself. When you finish a chapter, give yourself a pampering gift. A box of chocolates. A massage. A new book you’ve been wanting to read. (But don’t let that “reading” distract you from “writing.”) It’s a way of telling yourself, “Job well done!”

Finally, be thankful. Even if you break any of these writing resolutions, you’re still a writer. So be thankful, not only for the gift to touch, inspire, uplift and heal hearts, but to begin anew. Each day is a new beginning, not just January 1st. Writing is a miracle that can happen every day. Rejoice in it! And with that in mind, Happy New Year to all those who so faithfully follow our blog!

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