My Revolutionary Resolution by Deborah Lytton: January Theme
I was talking about the January blog theme of Resolutions with my daughters, trying to decide how I wanted to share my ideas about beginning a new year. My fifth grader, who is studying the birth of America, thought I said Revolution rather than Resolution. She is getting ready for her Colonial Faire, so it's not surprising really. But I realized that she was onto something. We, as writers, need to revolutionize our writing. We need to turn our systems upside down and try something fresh. A new storyline, a character so unusual that it can spark an entire manuscript, or even a string of words never before put together in just that way. So this January, I am going to revolutionize my writing by changing the way I work. For this entire month, instead of beginning my writing sessions by diving into my WIP, I am going to go back to something I did when I was first exploring writing. I am going to warm up with writing exercises. One day, I am going to prompt myself with a word, and the next with a quote from a favorite book. The third day, maybe I will just outline a character sketch without any plans to use it. I am going to stretch my creativity, challenge my imagination and hone my skills all at the same time. I challenge all of you to do the same. Revolutionize your writing and try something new. Share your ideas with me--I have 31 days to fill and lots of new ideas to explore.