Hibernation is over, alas! And as the new year stretches before us, leaving the unrelenting harsh month of January behind us (whew! Finally.); I can pretend I wasn’t enjoying slacking off.
But as we move forward, and with spring just around the corner; now we can really begin to enjoy ourselves.
Whatever promises or resolutions were made during the New Year festivities, making changes, and developing new habits to improve the quality and/or quantity of our writing can be challenging and take time; it is a known fact that habits take 21 days to form. So, if you too found yourself slacking off like me, don’t consider anything lost. Just get up, dust yourself off and start again.
In order to make changes we must set ourselves goals; give ourselves deadlines to work toward. Most importantly we must outline in simple terms how we can or expect to achieve these goals. Give yourself space to implement these habits, making them part of your every day life. Even if it is only for five to fifteen minutes every day.
But above all else, writing should be pleasurable, not an endless uphill struggle. Consider this expression,
“If you do what you love, you’ll never have to work a day in your life.”
In other words if writing feels like drudgery, then you’ll never become a writer, no matter how appealing the idea is. That’s not to say there won’t be days when you’re writing and silently screaming how much you hate what you’re doing. We’ve all been there; its called having a bad day.
May our leap year be filled with fulfilment, achievements and fun, lots and lots of fun.
Wishing everyone a Happy Chinese New Year, and a great weekend.