Tuesday Tips: Reading and Writing Challenges for 2012

Posted: January 3, 2012 in Tuesday Tips for Writers
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They say resolutions are meant to be broken so we won’t do a New Year’s resolution post here (but if you’re one of those who can keep resolutions, good for you)

So for our first blog entry of the year, let us offer some reading and writing challenges that you can take on this New Year. And if you can, let us know if you did any (or even all) of them.

 

READ 1 BOOK PER MONTH

Seems simple enough right? But given the way we live our lives now, where there is seldom any downtime, it’s an achievement to actually finish a whole book for busybees. So if you are one, challenge yourself to sit down a few minutes each day so you can finish a whole book (or more) in a month (or less).

START THAT BLOG YOU’VE ALWAYS WANTED TO DO

With today’s mobile technology, it’s very easy to start and maintain a blog. So what are you waiting for? But first, you have to decide what your blog will be all about so that your voice will not be drowned in the millions of blogs out there (watch out for our post next week – a step by step plan on how to put up a blog). And also, you have to commit to post regularly so that your readers will come back or even watch out for your next posts.

 

READ A BOOK FROM A GENRE THAT YOU’VE NEVER TRIED BEFORE

You don’t like fiction books? Check out the bestsellers list to see which one appeals the most to you. You have no interest in non-fiction books? Browse through our catalog of books (shameless plugging of course!) and maybe there’s something there that you’d like to try out. This is a chance for you to expand your reading territory and who knows, you might end up liking that genre.

 

WRITE THE FIRST CHAPTER OF THAT BOOK YOU’VE ALWAYS WANTED TO WRITE

You’ve planned it in your head so many times, but now is the time to put the pen and paper together. Or rather, your fingers and the keyboard if you’re more into that. But whatever your medium of writing is, you should already start writing that book that God has placed in your heart to write. Don’t worry yet about the publishing, the marketing or the sales. Just write that first chapter down.

SHARE WHAT YOU READ

When you come across a line or even a paragraph that strikes your heart and your mind, share it! Post it on Facebook, Twitter, your blog, your tumblr, or wherever, and inspire other people too. And you might just convince someone who is not a reader to pick up that book.

 

WRITE SHORT BOOK REVIEWS IN YOUR JOURNAL (OR ONLINE)

If you’re a frequent reader, chances are you might already have forget some of the past books that you’ve finished, so it would be nice if you keep a personal (or even online) journal of sorts where you write about the great things you’ve learned from what you read. You can include quotes, “bookmark” certain pages, personal review, etc. This way, you can always go back to it when you want to remember, or you can always show it to friends if they ask for book recommendations.

READ FOR FUN

Again, seems simple right? Maybe if you’re a book worm. But for people who are “forced” to read in school or even for work, reading has become a chore. Read this short but insightful article from Christianity Today on why we should rediscover the art of reading for pleasure.

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