2015: A Year of Honest Living

Photo credits to Noelle Franzen

Full Speed Into 2015

Most people start New Years Resolutions on January 1, but I am tired of procrastination, so I am going to start early this time. 2014 has been a rough year for me and I have no intention of repeating it.

One of the biggest problems writers encounter, is writing passively instead of actively. Likewise, in place of active living, I have existed in a passive mode, but this is about to change. Life is not going to happen to me, but I am going to happen to life. This change is going to require honesty, which is often painful for everyone. I am tired of griping, complaining, and whining without resolution. Going forward, when I vent, I intend to offer solutions, or at least identify problematic areas in life or society I would like to understand better. This may cause unrest in my readers, but shouldn’t writing reflect the passions of the writer?

In Alexander Pope’s poem, “An Essay on Criticism,” he points out, “Tis hard to say, if greater Want of Skill Appear in Writing or in Judging ill…” He later states, “Fools rush in where Angels fear to tread.” The basic gist here is that there has always been a unique tension between the creator and the critic. Although both play an important role, as an artist, I place the greater task on the creator.

One of my primary goals in 2015 is to write more prose. This blog will be my new accountability partner. Lack of content here, is a strong indicator I have not been working on my novel. Even though they may be topically unrelated, posts here will be a sign I am actively writing. Welcome 2015, we are beautiful, young, and our slate is clean. Let’s start off as friends and see where it goes from there…