So here we are, a brand-new year. Maybe you've got a resolution to finish that book, submit x number of queries, or just write something really cool that you're proud of. But with every new year--at least for me--comes that niggling little voice saying: Yeah. You made big promises last year. Remember?
And as if that taunting voice weren't enough, I start second-guessing anything I've already done. What about you? Think your stuff is lame? You've got nothing to say that anyone wants to hear? That kind of thinking stymies any creative endeavor. And while we definitely need to go over our drafts and weed out the cliches, whether in language or plot or character, we can't do that if we don't put something down first. And hey, there's only one you, and only you can express your ideas. So don't be afraid to put them out there. Derek Sivers tells you why:
So tell me: What are you going to do differently this year?