Sunday, December 30, 2012

advice from a writer

It's time to begin again. A new year is almost upon us. Three hundred and sixty-five blank days stretch out ahead of 365 blank pages. To a writer this is a story waiting to be written, word by word. To an artist--an empty canvas waiting to be painted, stroke by stroke. To a composer--a melody waiting to be composed, note by note.

To each of us--this is time waiting to be lived, moment by moment.

Like a writer sitting down to begin a new story, you may already have a few ideas for the year ahead. Call them resolutions...or dreams...or intentions. Or prayers.
And, like a writer, you may be full of inspiration and enthusiasm as you begin...until, a few weeks or months later, when the story starts to unravel. Your resolutions fade into memory. Your best efforts fail to move you ahead. Your inner critic (rudely) invites himself in, wraps an arm around your shoulders, and breaks the news to you: you're a loser. Nothing you do is ever good enough. You're lazy or weak or stupid. And before long, you start to think you'll never succeed.
Don't believe it for a minute! It's never too late to begin again! 
Take some advice from a writer:
revise, revise, revise.
  • Get some action verbs in there. Some superlatives. Walking and jogging may be better than sitting around, but this is the year you hit the pavement. Rather than rolling out of bed in the morning, seize the day! Instead of dieting, learn to eat whole, green and clean. Do you want to be happy...or elated? Satisfied...or fulfilled? Motivated...or compelled?
  • Eliminate whatever it is that doesn't move your story ahead--whatever prevents you from achieving your goal.
  • Downplay "back story." In other words, try not to dwell on the past.
  • Figure out a way to give your story a happy ending. People like that.
This year make your story the best it can be.

“When the student is ready, the teacher will appear.” - Buddha


How will you begin?
 "Each new day is the beginning of a new year."
Wishing each of you a New Year filled with inspiration, hope and grace!

1 comment:

  1. And a bright and shining New Year to you as well.