Fall is a wonderful time, full of cooler weather, beautiful colors, and a renewed sense of the possible (!).
It’s also a wonderful time get one more writing accomplishment in before the end of the year. Whether you decide to write a novel — or read one, gear up and get excited about making this your most exciting fall yet!
Awesome Writing Ideas to Knock it Out of the Park Before New Year’s
- Try a new style of writing. Pick a weekend, or a week, and choose a new kind of writing. Try poetry. Buy a book about memoir and then write a childhood memory. Read a couple of articles then create a short film script. All just to see if you can (you can!) and maybe you’ll find a wholly new, exciting way to share your talents with the world.
- Read a classic. I just finished ‘Treasure Island’ for the first time and it was delightful. Treat yourself to a new-to-you classic and then let the masterwork contained within influence your writing.
- Take a class. Even a couple of hour session can open your eyes and inspire you. Check out local events calendars, continuing education resources, and even retreats and conferences.
- Write a novel this year (!). If you’ve been talking about it but haven’t quite gotten around to doing it, NaNoWriMo might be just the ticket to turn 2019 from a pretty good writing year into a great one. For the uninitiated, http://www.nanowrimo.org challenges people to write 50,000 words (the first draft of a novel) in the month of November. It’s a big goal, but the site helps you with finding local meetups to work beside other writers, creating your own goal page, prizes for finishing, and more.
- Read in public. For some of us, public speaking is scary but if you want to read your book aloud to a delighted audience someday, why not get started now? There’s lot of open mics, and other events to help a beginning reader get out there. Or if you want to get more intense, you could join Toastmasters International.
- Publish a book (!). Kindle Direct (from Amazon) is a great way to get a very professional, high quality book out into the world to launch your career. But it’s also a super simple, free platform with a lot of possibility for more relaxed fun too. No matter where you are as a writer, if you have something you’d like to share (even just as Christmas presents for the family), why not dig in and learn how enjoyable and easy book publishing is today?
- Organize a event or outing. Reserve a free room at the public library for a poetry reading, volunteer to drive a group to a writing event, or encourage a group to go together to a writing-related movie (may I suggest the new ‘Little Women’ at the end of the year?).
- Take a favorite book and break down the plot or first chapters. Discover what you loved and what worked so well. Even just reading a favorite after a long break can help you remember what you loved about it.
- Treat yourself to some research. If there’s a story idea you’re excited about, let yourself do a little extra research. You could buy a book, but I’m especially thinking of something out in the world — go to a vineyard (all the more reason to set your next book there!), visit a museum, arrange a conversation with a scientist, take a class on bird watching. Whatever ties into your story idea, learning more about it will improve your future book.
- Find a way to turn your love of writing into charity. This holiday season, write thoughtful Christmas cards for the troops and the elderly, or volunteer to read to children. Collect books and donate them. Or just write a beautiful, hopeful fall poem and share it with all your friends and family. Giving back is one of the best way to be happy yourself!
However you choose to spend your fall and holidays, I hope the fire that writing brings — of purpose, of excitement, and of love — burns brightly for you the whole season long. ❤