New Year, new writing…


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?