Phew, the wave of New Year’s resolution Blogs with 2019 writing goals are over. Though that avalanche of What are your New Year’s Resolutions? are well intended, I do get a bit irritated by the end of it all. That’s because I don’t believe writing and truly doing what you love is a resolution. Writing is a way of life. That’s the difference. A resolution is a decision we are resolutely duty-bound to uphold. It’s a resolve we often break. Or that breaks us. Whereas writing is a lasting habit that develops through the love of what you’re doing. A way of your life.
For those of us who truly love expressing ourselves through the written word, writing makes us feel serene, satisfied and happy. So, like meditation, yoga or music, writing is essential to our wellbeing.
It’s all about a little bit of writing every day. That Art of Writing mantra of I’ll just write for 30 minutes, then before you know it, you’ve written for two hours.
We have to believe in ourselves. Understand that we are writers. Whether we are published or not makes no difference. We write because we love/need to write and if publication follows – great! If not, it doesn’t matter because you’re producing and creating something that you love. You will be halfway to your dream of publication simply because you are writing. It’s your way of life.
A couple of news updates:
We are now offering free Webinars for former Art of Writing writers.
We’ve found that when you’re with us in Florence you write your best prose. You leave Florence in tremendously high spirits. You’ve found your voice, your pace and you’ve set aside your daily time to write (as a way of life). But then life gets in the way and you find it harder and harder to sit down and be still.
So, to help our writers keep in touch with their creativity, on January 31st, all Art of Writing Alumni are invited to join our Webinar on How Dialogue Moves Plot Forward.
Am jumping out of my skin at the thought of seeing all our old friends together, once more! Let me know if you’d like to join us.
Our Literary Agent for 2019 is Jeff Kleinman from Folio Literary Management in New York.
Jeff is looking forward to your 3,000 word MS submission and chatting with you about your future. Here’s some news from one of Jeff’s writers, Elizabeth Letts. In an interview with Publisher’s Weekly, Elizabeth discussed the inspiration behind her upcoming novel, FINDING DOROTHY, explaining how a photograph of Maud Baum and Judy Garland on the set of The Wizard of Oz set the book in motion. Click here if you’d like to read the interview in full.
Do you love writing? Would you like to join The Art of Writing team in Florence, Tuscany? Let’s dream, plot, write, learn and grow as writers for a week together. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org so that I can tell you more about our annual creative writing retreats.