Happy New Year!
Before we all climb in and buckle up for our 2018 writing journey, I think we need to agree on what needs to be packed. Now I know some of us are very excited about our journey but it’s vital we take the right stuff. We can’t get halfway through 2018 and discover we forgot some important items.
Here’s what I think we need to pack:
- Notebooks. In 2017 I fell in love with writing longhand and it has changed me as a writer. There’s something magical about filling up notebooks with observations, novel outlines, character profiles, ideas for plot twists and quotes which have inspired you.
- Dark shades. Writing hangovers can play havoc with your eyes and crows feet. If you’ve been burning the midnight oil with your second draft I guarantee you will look rough the next day. So, my creative friends its time to invest in a pair of dark shades (and a bright red lipstick if you want to go all out).
- Rejection playlist. This is an essential item for any writer planning to enter the rejection trenches in 2018. Create a playlist of inspiring, motivational and upbeat songs. As soon as the rejection email pings into your email box, plug-in your ear buds and crank up the volume. A good playlist will take the sting out of any rejection.
- Morning Pages. My creative world changed dramatically in 2017 after I started doing Morning Pages. I am going to rattle on about these in 2018 until you are all bored silly. If you knew the changes they have brought to my writing world you would be scrambling for a new notebook and setting your alarm 40 minutes early.
- Share More From Others Social Media Mindset. This surprising tool actually helps to grow your own content. Don’t ask me why but it works. There is also something magical about helping others and performing random acts of creative kindness.
- Hope. Can we all bring a bit of this?
- Magic. This is an essential item. Can we all pack boxes of this?
- Persistence. We will meet a LOT of this. In those dark times when no one wants to read or take our work further, when no one believes in our idea for a story or when it feels like our dreams are miles away we will need sackfuls of persistence.
- Writer pets. These little furry sidekicks will provide emotional support along the way.
- Humour. We will all need a laugh during our journey so pack lots of smiles and giggles.
- Book signing daydream props. Along the way I think we should all take it in turns to pretend we are doing a J.K. Rowling style book signing. The rest of us can pretend to queue up and get a book signed. Can we bring crowd barriers, a desk and some security staff? I don’t think its fair that only some successful authors get to experience this.
- Tissues. For the emotional writers amongst us who can’t write a scene without breaking down.
Are we ready to go, writers?
Brace yourselves, it’s going to be one hell of a ride!
Oh…why have I chosen to wear a little leather number for a long, gruelling and at times uncomfortable journey?