By Denise Reashore
January is the time for beginnings. The first month of a fresh new year – it explodes onto the scene gushing with excitement, swift decisions, and grand plans for re-organization. An eagerness to create new habits sets a fire burning and we eagerly vow to change our writing habits.
Like a smoking gun, the excitement often cools too quickly and is lost in the wind. Before long, all of our good intentions feel as if they were for naught. But, here are some reliable strategies that will help you surge through 2013 while blazing a path in your writing that will be very difficult not to follow:
1) Blast away thoughts of inadequate time to write by purchasing a flashy notebook, with a cover meant to inspire, and carry it with you at all times. Allow no time for excuses and always carry an extra pen.
2) Trigger an app on your iPhone or android that allows you to type whenever and where ever inspiration arises.
3) If ideas shoot through your head faster than you can put pen to paper, launch your ideas by using a voice recorder or speech-to-text on your cell phone and rewrite them in your new notebook when you have time.
4) Struggling to create? Break open a favourite book and read. While lost in the language, words and phrases can burn, blister, and scorch a thought into your mind until it is ready to detonate and your only job will be to allow it to erupt onto the page.
5) The searing lines of a favourite song or flare of a few key words may be enough to enthuse. Take a moment to relax and enjoy some music when you are lacking inspiration.
6) Search for ammunition among the many writing prompts found on the internet. Once you have discharged all thoughts on that topic, fire your creativity at a current project or burst through a scene or character description that has been threatening to combust.
Charge into the New Year ready to ignite your writing with these strategies and they may help shoot you into action this January and every month that follows.