Posted October 17, 2017
Dictionary Day celebrates the birthday of American lexicographer Noah Webster, who was born on October 16, 1758.
December 30, 2013
It’s that time of year again; time to make our New Year’s resolutions. What would you like to improve upon in 2014? If your resolution is to become a better writer, you’ve come to the right place.
Setting goals will help to keep you motivated throughout the year. The goals should be realistic; you probably won’t be able to go from 0 words a day to 5,000 words a day to start. You can increase the word count goal as time goes on and you begin to feel more comfortable with your writing.
The best motivation is often sharing your goals with a trusted friend or family member. If you keep your goals to yourself you will be the only one that knows that you are or aren’t meeting them, and where’s the fun in that? Your friend or family member should be willing to push you as needed. Do you know someone else that is interested in taking on a writing project in 2014? You can confide in and motivate each other.
If you don’t have a writing routine and plan to write “whenever you have time,” there’s a good chance that you will never write. Something else will always take precedence over it and before you know it, the days, weeks, and months are over and you haven’t written a word. If you decide on a specific time that you will write every day, you will be more likely to schedule everything else around it.
Where do you plan on writing? If it’s on your laptop while sitting in front of the TV and catching up on your favorite shows, the writing either won’t get done or the quality will be poor. You need to create a writing space that is void of clutter and distractions. If you are prone to wasting time on the Internet and don’t need it to write, turn off the Wi-Fi while you are writing or download software that blocks distracting sites. Leave your phone and all other technology in another room.
Avid readers are often the best writers. The quality work of others can inspire your work and make you a better writer.
No matter what your writing ability level is you can always benefit from taking a class. Check what your local colleges offer in terms of writing classes. Sometimes you can even find free writing workshops or seminars at the library or community center. A class with deadlines will also keep your writing on track and ensure that you are actually doing it.
If you want to be a writer, be a writer! The only person standing in your way is yourself. Make 2014 the year that you finally take that leap!