It can be a great thing to set goals for yourself in any area you want to improve in. Goals can give us direction and purpose, but also help us become more aware of our own needs.
I joined Writer’s March last night, and my resolution was to write at least 1 page a day for myself. It goes during the entire month of March, so you totally have time to join!
As stated on their goals page, I am a freelance writer, so I am writing all day, every day. I also write on the weekends and at night. One of the reasons I am a writer by profession is that I just very much enjoy writing.
However, I would also like to spend more time writing interesting posts for Looking For Pemberley. I also think that to continue being passionate about my writing, I need to write for myself.
What falls into my definition of writing for myself?
- journal entries
- short stories
- personal blogging
- writing for fun
- cathartic writing
What does not count as writing for myself?
- professional e-mails
- e-mails of any kind, for that matter
- articles for clients
- comments on blog posts
- typing search terms into Google 😉
- letters of recommendation for former students
- anything written with the intention of selling, advertising, or distributing to mass audiences via social media or blogging
1 page a day might seem like a tiny goal, but for me it feels pretty challenging. I currently don’t write for myself most days, not even a few words. Hopefully my goal will help revitalize my personal writing life, and improve my writing in other areas, including Looking for Pemberley. I would love to write more often here, and to write posts that you enjoy.
If you haven’t heard of Writer’s March yet, check it out! The talented writers working on that site have great insights into the life of writers, professional, student writers, and casual writers.
All the best,