Okay, so one of my New Year's Writer Resolutions is way geeky, but I'm finding myself strangely invigorated by it. Here's what I'm doing and why:
During my Vermont College days I discovered that I'm much more focused and productive on days I exercise before sitting butt in chair for the hard work of writing. So, this year I've resolved to exercise more in hopes I will write like the wind afterward, and end up with prose I'm proud of at the end of the day.
The resolution looks good on paper, doesn't it? But here's the tricky part. Experts say committing to a general goal like "I will write the Great American Novel this year" will only get you so far before you lose momentum. To achieve your goals, they say, you need an action plan, loaded with specific, achievable mini goals that will move you forward toward your big G goal.
One of my mini goals is especially geeky, but great fun for this fantasy writer. Thanks to this post by writer friend Peg Kerr, I've joined the Eowyn Challenge. I can't even begin to guess how long I'll take to walk to Mount Doom and back again, but the idea of strolling through Middle Earth as I do so is much more energizing than telling myself it'll be good for me. My short term goal for the challenge: walking from Hobbiton to Rivendell, 458 miles.
Eowyn report: I started my journey yesterday, so I'm only as far as the border of Tookland. But, hey, the day's still young.
Appetite for writing: Ravenous for second breakfast and KM.
Current read: Fairest by Gail Carson Levine.