… even though it’s way too late now for new year greetings, but apologies for the delay in posting: I’ve been on my annual holiday. January is always much easier welcomed in with a bit of sunshine and as it’s my birthday on New Year’s Day the new year always brings the promise of fresh starts, a bit like opening a brand new notebook and anticipating the endless possibilities on each blank page. (Like many writers, I love stationery and regularly need a Paperchase fix).
Everyone’s resolutions are nearly all broken by now. I always begin January with the same writerly resolutions: finish my book, a work in progress since 2009; pitch more articles; and care less what others think. It was so easy to make plans from my sunbed and feel inspired and fired up, but back in the January gloom with jetlag and a mountain of laundry to do, feeling broke and depressed (and having to return to the Day Job) it’s a real struggle to recapture that optimism.
Quiet determination and sticking power are the key. It’s a bit like exercise: writing needs to be done every day until it becomes a habit, to keep those writing muscles honed and the brain lean. Little but often is the secret. A friend wrote her book on her daily commute and as I have previously commented, successful writers use the magic formula of “bum on seat, fingers on keyboard” every single working day. Similar to weight loss, there’s no quick fix, just discipline. Knowing all this doesn’t make it any easier though, especially as my personal resolutions also involve diet and exercise!
Wish me luck as I embark upon 2015 and I wish you all a happy and productive 2015!