KEEP YOUR EYE ON THE GOAL
During this time of making New Year's Resolutions, it's important to remember that often life gets in the way. I know, because it happened to me this past year. So when making your list of writing resolutions, get creative and find ways that will keep your ink flowing in all kinds of expected and unexpected circumstances!
First, start by finding a quote for motivation. Find a new one each week, day or at least, each month. Write or post the quote(s) on your bathroom mirror, calendar, desk blotter, or tape them over your computer. Here are two of my favorites: “Exercise the writing muscle every day, even if it is only a letter, note, a title list, a character sketch, a journal entry. Writers are like dancers, like athletes. Without that exercise, the muscles seize up.” Jane Yolen “Writers write. Everybody else makes excuses.” Maureen LaJoy. Make certain to look at the quote each morning when you wake up.
Depending on how busy you are, choose daily, weekly or monthly writing goals. Look at your goal each morning and try to make some progress toward it daily. You may want to keep a progress sheet, writing the goal at the top of the page, and writing the date and efforts made as you go along. If you’re a non-fiction writer, you can even make a chart of tasks, like I do. I’ve begun these processes lately, and they’ve helped me feel accountable to my goals and given me a sense of accomplishment. I’m certain you will feel the same when you see your work/progress on paper.
CHALLENGE: Write 100 words about something you wanted to achieve or have as a child.
BONUS *WORD WEAVING* CHALLENGE:
Write a picture book story using as many words from this list as possible. Give yourself bonus points for using all of them. If this practice becomes a project, feel free to discard any words that don't serve your story. They will have done their job by inspiring something new!
Word weaving exercise inspired by HEDGEHOG'S 100TH DAY OF SCHOOL by me and illustrated by Lorna Hussey (Scholastic, 2017) and HEDGEHOG GOES TO KINDERGARTEN by me and illustrated by Anne Kennedy (Scholastic, 2011). Please check out any one of these books!
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Lynne Marie is the author of Hedgehog Goes to Kindergarten - illustrated by Anne Kennedy (Scholastic, 2011), Hedgehog's 100th Day of School – illustrated by Lorna Hussey (Scholastic, January 2017), The Star of the Christmas Play -- illustrated by Lorna Hussey (Beaming Books, 2018), Moldilocks and the 3 Scares -- illustrated by David Rodriguez Lorenzo (Sterling, pending) and Let's Eat! Mealtimes Around the World -- illustrated by Parwinder Singh (Beaming Books, 2019). You can learn more about her at www.LiterallyLynneMarie.com
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