New Year’s Resolution Ideas: Writing Letters to Your Family
You’ve seen the top five new year’s resolutions.
- Exercise. Check.
- Stop smoking or drinking so much. Check.
- Get in a relationship with the opposite sex. Check.
- Improve your relationship with spouse or friend. Check.
- Get a better job. Check.
- Recycle & save the planet. Check.
As a writer, you probably already have decided on what commitments to make for the new year. Maybe it’s never to use a split infinitive again, to write that novel – even if you never get published, or to write every short story with that beautiful fountain pen.
Writing letters to your family
Here’s a suggestion for 2012. Get your daily word count by writing letters to your kids and spouse. You could make it formal and write on notecards or you could write it on a scratch paper. They don’t care. They’ll be happy that you took in the time to tell them how much you loved them or appreciate them.
Don’t have a wife or kids?
Consider sponsoring a child from a third world country. Compassion International and World Vision encourage sponsors to write letters to their kids. Military families (overseas or stateside) or sick children appreciate letters. You can probably brain storm your own long list.
What’s in it for you
Lots of things.
First, you can discover your voice, practice word choice, experiment with rules of grammar, practice writing with structure, or just free form writing; discipline yourself to write without Larry the Lizard distracting you. The list goes on. Most importantly, you’ll have a stronger family, and they’ll love you for it.
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