Did you put that at the top of your list of New Year resolutions?
If you did, then this might be the moment to treat yourself to a copy of my Little Book of Writing Romance. It's a straightforward guide to the basics. How to start, how to find your characters, mine your own experience for emotion and will work for any kind of genre fiction.
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The new year is always feels like a chance to roll a clean sheet of paper in the typewriter (for those of you who are old enough to remember what that is!) and start over.
Forget all those resolutions that vanished sometime last January. This time it's going to be different.
You will go dry in January, detox, lose weight so that when the first snowdrop appears you'll feel energised rather than weighed down by all that heavy winter food.
You will use those long, dark winter nights to write the book of your heart instead of vegging out on the sofa with a packet of biscuits and all those box sets you got in your stocking. You'll do those 10,000 steps a day, learn to speak another language, write a wish list and actually manage to cross at least a few of them off before the end of the year.
Well maybe. That's a lot to put on yourself and it's hardly surprising that so many of us never make it beyond the first few weeks of our good intentions.
But turning the calender over to a new year is the perfect moment to review what your did last year. See how far you've come. Celebrate the great moments. A good time to think about the things that didn't go as planned - life happens, we stumble because we've human - but to figure out how to beat the hurdles tossed in our way and figure out if we could deal with them better in the future. Especially the ones we build for ourselves.
Make your resolutions by all means. Reach for the stars but keep in mind Robert the Bruce and the spider who didn't give up when his web wouldn't stretch across the cave, but kept trying until he made it. Falling for a chocolate biscuit isn't the moment to call it a day and forget the diet. Just enjoy it and move on.
Resolutions are not a one day affair. Each day the calender gives us a fresh new page on which to write our story.
I hope that your 2015 is like one of my romances, full of happy beginnings.