Mention the word ‘resolution’ in January and people will assume that you mean a series of self-improvement aspirations that you have decided to put into practice this year. But the word’s a subtle one with a lot of other meanings to explore.
2009 Resolutions - image by Flickr user Sneeu. Click on image for full credit and licence.
For example, if someone shows resolution, it can be another way of saying that they are very determined. A resolution is a means of bringing an awkward or difficult situation to a close in a way that suits everyone involved as well as possible. A resolution is also a formal set of words voted on by a committee or other official body before it decides to do something.
All these meanings are full of dramatic possiblities and could provide you with a jumping-off point for a new year writing project
Once you’ve identified what resolution means to you, try one or more of the writing prompts below. Your writing could be factual, such as might be used for a blog post or magazine article, or fictional, such as a short story or piece of flash fiction. Post a comment to let others know how you got on, and tell them about your contributions via the Virtual Writing Group.
Here are the prompts:
- Write 100 words explaining what resolution means for you.
- Write 250 words either describing your thoughts about resolution or trying another interpretation of the words that is different to the one you initially thought of.
- Create a synopsis for a longer story, maybe several chapters in length, and then write the first chapter. Finally, decide whether this is a project you would like to continue with or whether you feel it has run its course.
- Sum up your feelings about resolution (or resolutions) in a single, 140-character Tweet, or short series of Tweets. Let us know @whlibraries and we’ll retweet them.
Lastly, consider what you would like to do now your writing project is complete:
- Find a community magazine to submit it to?
- Post it to your blog (or think about maybe starting one)?
- Follow some flash fiction groups on Twitter?
- Find an online writing site or forum?
- Ask a friend for feedback?
- Try a writing challenge such as November’s NaNoWriMo or National Blog Posting Month?