For the past several years, we’ve focused on the craft of writing as the Tulsa NightWriters Club’s overarching theme, both as we’ve scheduled speakers for our meetings and as we’ve put together our annual writing conference. I believe that the craft is the most fundamental thing for writers to focus on, and that isn’t going to change this year: we’ll continue to focus on the craft of writing. That said, there’s an additional focus I’d like to add to the mix this year: writing more.
Life is busy and tiring and full of enticing distractions even to those who carve out the time, and mental energy can be tough to come by at the hours that the day leaves for writing. It’s certainly true that getting into a routine and writing daily can go a long way toward keeping a person on track, but it can be quite challenging to form (or re-form) that habit, to re-order one’s priorities with writing higher up the list. Maybe we know how to do all that, but actually doing it can be a bit more challenging.
I’m generally not a big fan of New Year’s resolutions, but I do have a goal for 2019: to write, from start to finish, this book that’s been kicking around in my head for the last three-plus years. Likewise, I challenge you to set writing goals for yourself—specific, measurable goals—and then to find ways (maybe even new and creative ways) to achieve them.
Here’s to a fruitful year of writing for each of you.
President, Tulsa NightWriters Club