Writing resolutions

Jan 4, 2013 by

Writing resolutions

Making writing resolutions is something I’ve not considered until I saw a helpful post on SITS .   The blog is called Ten ways for Bloggers to Gear up for 2013 by Gina B. The post was not only informative, but reflective and I’ve decided to apply the same ideas to this post about writing.

I’ve made fitness resolutions, financial resolutions, and many more. I write goals for my writing and update them monthly on my home page. So here’s my attempt at my writing resolutions for 2013.

I need to spend more time writing. I have time that I don’t use for writing. There’s a reluctance to start when I’m tired, but when I write I get energized. So, what holds me back during those times? The little kid inside of me who wants to avoid work.

Writing is work. I’m not going to lie and say it isn’t. Even though I get enjoyment from writing, it is also challenging. Not everything I write is worth publishing, let alone editing. Sometimes the best thing to do is to just delete. Bad writing doesn’t need editing, bad writing needs to go away.

I need to spend more time editing. Editing usually cuts back on my word count. 100 well written words are definitely worth more than 1000 quickly written words or 100 words that don’t say anything no matter how pretty they sound. I’m not writing poetry; I’m writing fiction.

I need to spend more time on the craft of writing. Not exercises but thoughtful reading on the craft and applying those principles to my personal writing.

I need to spend more time researching genres and their specific nuances. Writing a thriller is different than writing a science fiction book or a fantasy. There are great books on these topics and I both own and have read several.

I need to storyboard/calendar my recent novels. Storyboarding and calendaring have been great helps with my writing. I combine storyboarding with calendaring in order to make sure the order of events is smooth for each character and that the plot pieces that occur in different places make sense.

Once I did a character strand for each character and discovered things that added to the plot. No spoilers here. That novel will be coming out later this year.

Finally I need to be ready to wait. Write, edit, rewrite, edit, write… and then wait. After some time, a reasonable amount of time, print the piece, reread and edit again.

So, I am going to finish this, go up, and write. Goodbye Hugo playing on the big screen TV. I can watch you later–maybe when I’m so tired I can’t write–maybe when I’m correcting papers, but now, I need to write–I want to write.

Just Saying.


Sheila Skillingstead is a lifelong PNW resident (except for three and a half glorious years in Australia) who lives with her husband of almost forty years. Sheila and her husband Jeff have three grown daughters and a granddaughter who also live in the PNW.

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  1. Waiting. That is always the hard part. Have you read anything by Steven Pressfield? You might like it. I’ve read Do The Work and The War of Art. You can borrow Do The Work from the kindle lending library, it’s a quick read.

    • sjs

      No I haven’t read him but I will check it out. Thanks for giving me the info. Waiting is hard but it is worth it in the long run.

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