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Evolve your Writing in 2014: Resolve to Deadline

By on January 21, 2014 . Category Column

Uh oh.  It’s that time of year again.  That time to make resolutions you have every intention of keeping, but somehow forget to follow through on.  This year, why not try something different?  Instead of making a New Year’s Resolution to lose weight or organize your shoes, make a resolution to deadline.

Sometimes the hardest part of writing is finding the time to write, especially for aspiring writers.  Until your words pay the bills, something else has to.  By the time you clock in your 8-hour shift, go to the gym, do a load of laundry and make yourself dinner, you probably have an hour or so of free time before bed.  By that point, you’re so tired – you just want to veg.  You hear yourself saying, “I’ll do it tomorrow.”

Tomorrow turns into a week; a week turns into a month.  You know how that goes.  And we’re all privy to falling into this trap. Luckily, it can be avoided with deadlines.

So this year, I implore all Widbook writers to grab a calendar, create a writing schedule and stick to it!  Give yourself specific tasks and targets, like “Flush out the main character by Friday.” Give yourself word or page deadlines if chapters seem too daunting. “Write five pages every day.”

Set your own pace. If you need a push or enjoy a challenge, create a more rigorous schedule. If you get easily overwhelmed, space out due dates. The purpose is to build momentum, get you going and not let life get in the way of your passion. When you resolve to deadline, you resolve to making it happen. Now THAT’S a great way to ring in the New Year. Write on, writers…

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