I am an incredibly stubborn person. If I say something and set my mind to accomplish it, I usually do. If I write down that I'm going to play a complicated organ piece for a service, I am going to learn that piece. When I tell people I am giving up desserts for Lent, there isn't a piece of candy that will touch my mouth until Easter Sunday. And if I register for a half marathon, those 13.1 miles will be conquered, no matter how slowly it ends up taking.
I needed a boost in one area specifically in 2016: my writing. I would write up a storm, and then take a long period of time off. I would come home from school, work out, eat dinner, and then think, "Maybe I should write something tonight...nah."
As a result, when considering a New Year's Resolution, I knew I had to veer away from the "normal" resolutions, like eating healthier and exercising. However, I wanted to do something that would benefit me in many ways.
Writing has become a great resource for me. I write here in this blog. I get paid to write articles for TouringPlans.com. I have had articles published in a magazine. This year, music compositions I submitted to a publisher almost two years ago are finally getting released! So why did I slack off so much last year?
The more I put down, whether it's music notes or the alphabet, the better I get. My slacker zone in 2016 was not good for building experience.
And that's where my resolution was found.
I am going to write something every day this year. It could be a blog, an article, a story, or a composition. Something will be written down by me for 365 straight days.
It's not like I am going to post an article here every single day. Even an accomplished writer knows that you can't write one solid thing every day for too long - you need a break! So by spreading out my writing, I will stay fresh.
Plus, by informing my viewing audience about my resolution, I have forced myself to follow through on my resolution. I'm going to feel like an idiot if I don't follow through - that's just how I am.
I hope that you will follow me on my journey this year. I will have plenty of things to chronicle, I'm sure. And I hope, for myself, that I will see an improvement over my writing as the year progresses.
Let's get started, shall we?
I am Claire Nat! I am a teacher and write for TouringPlans.com. I write about anything that interests me - mostly music, Olympics, and fandoms! Follow me @CeePipes or facebook.com/blurbmusings.