Ever since enough people told me I could write a bit that I started to believe it and since I appreciated the wonders of the internet for demonstrating one’s verbosity (for better or worse), I’ve started and restarted enough blogs and writing projects that if venture capital was involved I’d be defending myself in a fraud case.
This new beginning is probably no different, but I will try to make it so.
My New Year’s resolution is the same every year: write more, regardless of what it is and where it’s written, whether shown to everyone or not: just write more. This never happens, and I may have hit upon why:
‘More’ doesn’t mean anything.
I know this perfectly well and I could have advised others on the fact; New Year’s resolutions such as ‘lose weight’ and ‘exercise more’ are far less effective than ‘home cook all meals and only have one takeaway a month’ and ‘go for a run every day’. One is a meaningless abstract and one is a task to be completed. As always, I can never take my own advice because I don’t think my own advice is ever worth taking, and consequently the last thing I wrote on this blog was my tribute to David Bowie, a year ago.
My resolution this year is a bit different: write at least 500 words every week. Don’t hold off on it because you don’t know what to write about; just write something. Find writing prompts and write a short story. Go out and do something so you have something to write about. If necessary, acquire a copy of the Daily Express and get yourself angry enough to become a writing dynamo.
To start, here’s what I wrote to mark the end of 2016.
It’s been a contentious year.
Some of us are upset at the loss of so many of our cultural icons.
Some of us are worried about the vote to leave the EU.
Some of us are angry about a possible sexual predator who refuses intelligence briefings holding the largest seat of political power.
– Bowie, Rickman, Prince, Fisher and others all died knowing they had led successful and comfortable lives. Spare thoughts for those who die every day without that.
– Remember what the world had to go through for there to have been a European Union established to begin with. 70+ years with no major war between European nations is historically unprecedented. We are closer than we’ve ever been.
– Your voice joins a chorus of millions that are committed to making the world a better place.
It’s okay to be angry and upset – it’s how people are motivated to change things. But if that energy isn’t channelled into something positive, it’s wasted. Take care of yourselves and each other, and never lose sight of what’s really important – no matter who or what that is to you.
I don’t think I can put this better than Jo Cox did: ‘We are far more united and have far more in common with each other than things that divide us’.
Here’s to 2017. Love you all.
Your world is a machine in which you are a part; be the operator.
Our lives are written in languages we don’t understand; but sometimes we will recognise a word, and a glimmer of meaning becomes clear.
I don’t know what I’ll end up writing, but it’ll be better than nothing by virtue of existing. Also, I have this new notebook, and if it doesn’t encourage me, I’m officially a lost cause.