Near the end of 2005, I realized how atrociously sporadic my reading habits had become. I would read a book or two, but then months would pass before I read another. Not sure why this was, but I hated it. I love reading, so I made my first ever New Year's resolution. I would read one book a month in 2006, no more, no less.
My thought was that I needed structure to resuscitate my reading habits. If I overdid it, I would burn out or make excuses. Oh, I read two books this month, so I'll skip next month. That would've eventually destroyed my progress, sending me back to sporadic reading and the guilt over it.
Thankfully, I held fast to my resolution, and now, I read continuously. Rarely a day goes by between books, unless I need to emotionally decompress or seriously contemplate what I just read. Yes, I read only one book at a time, and I often take my time with each one. I find I enjoy and retain more of the book this way. Plus, I feel the author has my undivided attention as he or she weaves me into the fabric of the story.
Now, in the year 2015, I find my writing to be atrociously sporadic. I haven't blogged much lately, which I hate. So, I'm making a non-New Year's resolution. I will publish at least one blogpost a week from now on. Fiction. Non-fiction. So-called poetry things. Inane ramblings. Whatever. The posts don't have to be long, just so long as I see each one through.
So, hold onto your unmentionables because this might be a bumpy ride!
Thank you for your time and patience.
P.S. I know this writing resolution isn't as structured as my reading resolution, but I believe it will personally help me in the long run, or it won't. Only time and my determination can say for certain.