Updated: Jan 28
Just about every six months or so, I try to come up with new hacks to make myself write more regularly, with more discipline, better, etc., etc. This year it a simple one: create more. Truth of the matter is, the writing is often the simple part. What's tough is squelching the urge to critique what you've written and delete every single word of it in self-disgust.
This year, my only pledge to myself is to do less criticizing and more creating. So far, it's going pretty well. I read more, watch more character-driven drama and have also been writing more. One of the hacks I've come up with is to write what comes to me, and then leave it alone when the voice goes quiet. And if it compels me to write something different, then I'll do that. Now ... this doesn't mean I plan to abandon anything. I think I've just come around to the belief that stories have to be allowed to come in their own time, that writing is probably (for me) about 20% discipline and routine and 80% inspiration and vibe.
If I'm right, then 2022 may be the year I finally satisfy my ambition to create more.