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Ten top tips: Writing resolutions worth keeping

Ten top tips from writing tutor Liz Gregory

We’ve all been guilty of this at some point: drawing up a list of well-meaning resolutions and then broken most of them before the end of January. Too often these are totally unrealistic (give up chocolate; lose a stone by the end of the week) or calculated to bring deprivation and sorrow into our lives (give up chocolate; lose a stone by the end of the week, etc) at a time of year that can be pretty depressing anyway. Here are some suggestions for positive writing habits that shouldn’t be too onerous to stick to.

Make time to write every week.

One of the main reasons that resolutions fail is that they are simply not sustainable. We set targets that are far too ambitious and put a huge amount of pressure on ourselves in trying to keep them. Saying that you’ll write every single day may seem a noble goal, but unless it’s your full-time job you’re likely to find that before too long, real life will start getting in the way and you just won’t have the time. Rather than beat yourself up over this, set yourself a minimum weekly target, ideally in a regular time slot (see below), and stick to it – even an hour a week is better than nothing. People who write regularly are the best writers, and if you remember that your resolution is a minimum, chances are you’ll do a lot more every week anyway – without feeling guilty if you don’t.

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