You may not feel you’re ready for it, but you can make 2012 your very best year for writing, yet. And even better, you may already possess all the skills you need to make it happen. Piqued your interest?
Great! That positive response shows you’re on the right track to actually making this your best year – ever.
…and in more areas than just writing.
Therein lies the key to understanding the point. I’m not attempting to over-simplify the task at hand, or insult your intelligence. I am trying to illustrate a very basic premise. One that says if the rest of your life is in shambles, your writing will follow — sooner or later.
Logically, (again, not to insult your intelligence), when you do experience your best year ever, your writing will directly reflect that. Now, let me illustrate this, because sometimes the simplest concepts seem the hardest to grasp. This is one such concept.
You’re the new guy, right?
You’ll see this example in a lot of new freelancers. They have a great style, write about a pertinent topic, and have garnered a pretty good audience. They crank out the articles, fill the pages of their blogs, and the comments from their audience continue to grow. They stand on top of the world – at least it appears so – from the outside.
Then they start to see a drop in the page views, the comment numbers fall as well. The articles just don’t have the same impact they used to; the shine dulled – turning its shimmer off the whole business. And the new freelancer can’t figure out why. Maybe this has happened to you — and with your experience, you don’t count as a new freelancer.
Think about how you run your business — the business of writing. Or think about the current state of your relationships, with your family and loved ones. Your writing will reflect any area of turmoil present in your life.
We are our writing.
Regardless of what we write, or whom we write for, we bring a certain style to the table. We infuse ourselves into everything we write, regardless of whether we write a novel or news piece. Readers can identify even the most prolific of writers, the most well seasoned of writers by their ‘periods’, the times where they have had immense things going on in their lives; their writings reflect it.
Whether you’re just a newbie starting out, or a seasoned veteran who has overheard a few others say that your work just doesn’t have the appeal it used to have, look past your writing and into your life. Set your writing aside for a time, and find that area of life that is sabotaging your work, probably without you even knowing it.
Writing is life.
We don’t have to lie on our backs on a scaffolding, surviving on just wine and fromage blanc to produce a masterpiece. For the vast majority of us, that scenario would only spell disaster.
We need to live. And experience. And produce great things. In our relationships and careers.
Writing well requires living. Know where you want to go, how you plan to get there, and what that picture of success looks like at the end. If you don’t take the time to map out these specifics, your writing will, sooner or later, falter.
Make 2012 your best year yet — for life overall, and for your writing. Think of it as a great big mirror. When you look at your writing, you see an image your life reflected in the words. And when you look at your life, you see the reflection of your writing within.
Make them your best.