two kinds of writers in the world. And no, I don't mean fiction writers and
nonfiction writers, plotters and pantsers, or literary writers and commercial
writers. I mean the writers who make New Year’s Resolutions and those who
fall in the first camp. With a vengeance. An inveterate list maker and planner,
I view the new year as the Super Bowl of Goal Setting.
is no exception. My calendar is already full of sales objectives (for my
clients), events and conferences (for agency business), writing deadlines (for
my publishers), and more. So many of the hard targets I aim for this year are
related to these enterprises; hitting them is not an aspiration, it's an
I know that freaking out about having too much to do in too little time will
only sabotage any progress I hope to make—and kill the creativity I count on to
keep me on track.
New Year’s Resolutions are the ones critical to my creative process. They're
the ones that I've proclaimed loudly and in technicolor in the one place I'm
bound to visit more often than I should every day: my refrigerator.
right. Last summer I painted the bottom half of my refrigerator with chalk
paint, thinking it would prove an amusement for my grandchildren. But over time
the space morphed into my own personal and professional planner.
morning, in honor of the dawn of 2017, it reads: Breathe. Read. Write.
is the fastest way for me to plug into my subconscious.
Stephen King says, “If you don't have time to read, you don't have the time
(or the tools) to write.”
Write, because real writers write. End of
so my kids will all tease me unmercifully when they see it, my non-writing
friends will think it's weird, and my neighbors may view it as downright
subversive, but I don’t care. It works, as least for me.
… what's on your refrigerator this year?
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