March Madness of a writerly kind

Photo: Textlad @Flickr

Photo: Textlad @Flickr

My writers friends and I have an annual tradition. Much like November is my Nanowrimo month, March is time for March Madness. No, it’s not when we all bow at the altar of Mads, the Danish hunk in my WiP, Maybe Baby (the first draft of which you may remember was my Nanowrimo project). March Madness is when we vow to write at least 500 words a day every day for the entire month. It’s like Nanowrimo-lite but just for us.

Why do we do it, you wonder? Well, January is that month when everyone swears they will write everyday and they make resolutions (and you know I stopped making those a while ago). February you try to keep the momentum going. This year I was lucky. February has been a very productive month. March is when you usually forget you even made any promises to yourself. And March Madness came to being.

I can’t take credit for March Madness. I think it was Catherine from Stockholm Writers Group who first came up with the idea. Some years, I’ve managed to hang in there. Other years I start and then forget about it. But this year I feel like I can commit.

What about the rest of you? Have you got a March tradition to keep you writing?

New Year, new writing…

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A writer’s manifesto. My daily inspiration.

So now it’s the second day of 2013–two days into the new year and one day until I turn 43. Someone asked me if I’d made any resolutions but the answer to that question is not really. I stopped making resolutions a long time ago since I realized that making them meant I didn’t always follow through on them. Nowadays, I just think about what I’d like to do and try to follow through. It works better for me than making grand statements about how I’m going to lose 20 pounds or publish one hundred stories in 100 days or anything crazy like that. The only thing I’ve really told myself to stick to for 2013 is to write more, publish more. I guess that counts as a resolution but I’m not referring to it as such. It’s more like words to live by.

Niklas Freidwall, one of my friends here in Sweden, declared 2013 as the Year of Creativity. He’s decided he’s going to do at least one creative thing every day and share it with people. I like that idea. I think I can go along with that. After the fog that was 2012, I need a year of creativity. Since the writing I do for a living often prevents me from being as creative as I want, then I will focus as much of my creativity as possible into my fiction-writing. That’s when I can write about passion, about love and use words without worrying about if the translator is good enough to understand nuances. Ah….creative freedom. I love it.

So this year, while I’m being creative, I hope I’ll feel as much joy as possible. I hope this will be a year without the fog of stress and writer’s block. I hope this will be a Creative Year for me and for you.

What about the rest of you? What’s 2013 going to be for you?