The new year is here, and as follows, many writers have vowed to develop new skills and better habits to make 2016 their year to shine. Consider breaking down those barriers, taking a leap of faith, and resolve to write like you’ve never written before.
Write that story that’s been lingering in the back of your mind since 2011.
Whether is a biography of a loved one, a short story idea that just won’t disappear, a cookbook, poetry collection, or historical fiction, start writing it. Thinking about it, brainstorming, and piecing together plot lines are great starts, but unless you put that pen to paper, the story will live and die in your mind. Getting started is the hardest part of any venture. Remember, it doesn’t have to be perfect, it just has to get done.
Travel to a new location.
Traveling always seems to inspire our inner creativity. Whether you take a road trip to another state or visit another country, something about traveling ignites our sense of wonder and enthusiasm for the unknown. This year, schedule more time to escape on an adventure. Soak in your surroundings and write what you see. Write what you feel or how a character in your story would perceive the world around them. Theses multi-faceted points of view will surely produce quality, usable content.
Read or reread a historically significant book.
From The Alchemist to Lolita, revisit that high school literally list and pick out the ones you missed. While you may not relate to stories like The Bell Jar or War and Peace, each of these books are extraordinarily written with a message that touches upon what it means to be human, how we live our lives, or even insight as to how the world has changed since. These books may inspire you to write from an alternative perspective or simply something unique.
2016 can truly be the year your writing has a chance to shine. Practice as often as possible, continue to be open to new ideas, and take a chance with that piece you never truly sat down to write.