10 Resolutions for a Creative New Year

  1. Write or do something creatively inspiring every day, even if only for 10 minutes.
  2. Forgive yourself if you miss a day—and then get right back on the creativity horse.
  3. Cultivate an attitude of play when you’re writing.
  4. Let go of your inner perfectionist.
  5. Don’t blow off your muse, even if he/she starts tugging on your arm at an inopportune time.
  6. Share your creativity with people who appreciate it.
  7. Don’t listen to people who discourage you (including your inner critic).
  8. Believe you deserve to take time for your creativity, in spite of all the demands in your life.
  9. Enjoy the creative journey instead of focusing only on the destination.
  10. Realize that every time you make space in your life for creativity—even if it’s just a sliver of space—you’re making yourself a better person and the world a better place.

Copyright © Sandy Ackers, Strangling My Muse: Struggling to Live a Creative Life in a Stressful World, http://www.stranglingmymuse.com


7 Responses to “10 Resolutions for a Creative New Year”

  1. 1 mikeanthony17 January 1, 2010 at 7:37 am

    Your ten resolutions hit home as I try to write every day. My best time is in the afternoon when it is quiet in the house and I have my space to myself – no interruptions – bliss.
    Have a very creative year and look forward to seeing some of your work published.


    • 2 stranglingmymuse January 1, 2010 at 11:51 am

      Thanks for stopping by and commenting, Mike. I’m glad you like my resolutions, and that you have some quiet time to write every day. Good luck for a creative new year!

  2. 3 Rochelle January 1, 2010 at 4:40 pm

    Oh what good timing Sandy – being creative every day is exactly my theme for 2010 — another post of yours I’ll have to print out and pin to the wall! Wishing you all the best this New Year!


  3. 4 K a b l o o e y January 1, 2010 at 5:03 pm

    I really like the “play” resolution precisely because it sounds less like something I’d try to avoid doing. And wait a minute: Rochelle, you have a theme for the year already? I’m seriously impressed and more than a bit intimidated.

  4. 5 stranglingmymuse January 2, 2010 at 12:32 pm

    That’s a wonderful theme for 2010, Rochelle. And congrats on all the amazing writing you did in 2009 — you have great momentum to build on!

    Kablooey, I’m glad you like the “play” resolution. It really does help to remember we’re writing because we love words and creating stories…and because it’s fun.

    Happy and Creative New Year to both of you!


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