Tuesday, December 29, 2009

New Year’s Resolutions for Writers - Dara Girard

Here’s an essay I wrote years ago that was inspired by a Dear Abby article.

JUST FOR TODAY I will write. I will not think about writing, dream about writing, read about writing or talk about writing. I will not brood about yesterday’s writing or obsess about tomorrow’s efforts.

JUST FOR TODAY I will have joy. Pure joy that doesn’t involve a credit card, bottle of wine or publishing contract. I will enjoy the process of writing and not worry about how it will be received. I will not dwell on industry statistics that depress me. If my mind wanders to rain, I will search for rainbows.

JUST FOR TODAY I will accept what is. Whether it is the size of my thighs or bank account, I will accept where I am in my writing career and understand things I can change and those I can’t.

JUST FOR TODAY I will improve my writing skills. I will read articles and books that expand my mind. I will treat writing as both an art and craft.

JUST FOR TODAY I will be gracious. I will congratulate those with good news and have sympathy for those who don’t. I will not gossip about others or whine about my frustrations.

JUST FOR TODAY I will be healthy. I won’t live on Pepsi, a pack of cigarettes and a pint of bon bons. I will stretch at my desk and eat well.

JUST FOR TODAY I will take responsibility of my writing dreams and let no one take them from me.

Happy New Year to all!!

Visit Dara’s website ( to find out more about her upcoming March 2010 release WORDS OF SEDUCTION.


host said...

Thank you for lifting up my mood! Happy New Year!

Mason Canyon said...

Very well said. That is something we all should aspire to do more. Thanks for sharing. Happy New Year!

Linda Henderson said...

All good things to aspire to. I hope you have an incredible New Year.

Michele L. said...

I absolutely love that essay you wrote! It absolutely speaks to me and inspires me to "Just be".

Many wishes for a fun, prosperous New Year, Dara! I hope you had a fantastic Christmas!

Anonymous said...

Thanks everyone!!! May 2010 bring you prosperity and joy.


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