As I begin my final semester at the community college and prepare to move to university (in January), I realized that it is time to get my writing in gear. My ability to produce has been halted and for a long time I couldn’t figure out why. Tonight, I started reading One Year to a Writing Life: Twelve Lessons to Deepen Every Writer’s Art and Craft by Susan Tiberghien and I realized what it was. Journaling. No really, journaling. For some reason, if I am actively journaling, I find it easier to write. Probably because it develops a habit and it allows me to get a lot of the junk out of my head (that usually keeps me from writing).
For the next year, I will be using the book to see if I actually develop a writing life. Each chapter has a different focus. The first chapter/month is journaling. Each chapter has a list of recommended books. I plan to read at least one of these in the corresponding month. So, wish me luck. We’ll see how it goes. Feel free to follow along. 🙂