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Checking Back on New Year's Resolutions

by Sue Viders
When those New Year’s Resolutions on writing go down the drain what do you do?

I never make New Year’s resolutions because I know I will never follow through on them. For many years I tried. Did okay for a few weeks, but then... well you know the story, other projects pop up. Stories that were started seem to wither on the old vine as after the opening few chapters I would lose interest. Family intervened. Kids got sick. Work called. Etc.. etc...
So I have learned not to make resolutions. I have developed other methods of getting my writing projects done. They are:

1 - have a critique or writing partner that you meet with weekly who keeps you accountable
2 - use a calendar and write in deadlines. Final deadlines, ie, those that need to go to others, get written in pen, while my deadlines are in pencil

Let me expand on both my ways as they have worked these many years and I do stay ahead of the curve... well mostly.
1 - Working with another person. This, in my opinion, is the v…

Dottie to the Rescue

Dear Dottie... I know you help writers and I’m hoping you will have some suggestions for me.
I have this great idea, but ... help... what do I do next?
A frustrated writer


A cry from the writing wilderness. Grin. Not to worry Dottie is here to help.

First I’m impressed that you have an idea. That’s the most important part. You have some notion of what you want to say.
Now, I’m going to make a huge leap and assume your idea is going to be a work of fiction. That is a make-believe tale that has come from the depths of your creative mind and soul. Probably been there for a bit but has finally broken through and you’ve actually put the idea down on paper or into a new file on your computer.
No matter how you’ve started, it is important that the idea is down on paper. Can’t go to the next step until the idea is out and we can talk about it, work with it and start the process of developing the plot.
Ah, the plot. Here we have the chicken and egg problem. Which comes first, the plot or the character?…