Be realistic: Just like it’s probably not realistic to lose thirty pounds by your class reunion, it’s the same with your writing. Making your goals smaller will give you more hope in accomplishing them and more motivation to do so. Instead of saying, “I’m going to write a novel this year,” try saying, “I’m going to finish one new short story and revise another.” Last year, I had twenty resolutions
December 29, 2011 | Allison Grinberg-Funes
Advice from the Plain: How One Writer Found an Appreciation for Language and Kicked Writer's Block to the Curb
I watch Casandra as she sits alone on the teeter-totter, pensive. I see only the top of her head, blonde hair tied back with two matching hair ties that compliment her jacket and outfit perfectly. Her chin to her chest, she’s disgruntled. No matter how often I explain that this is a toy you have to share with other children so it will work, she still hasn’t quite caught on.
“How old is your little girl?” A nearby mother asks me.