Today is Shrove Tuesday, sometimes known as Fat Tuesday. And it's also the last day of the Mardi Gras celebrations. New Orleans comes to mind when Mardi Gras is mentioned, but other cities have the same kind of parades and revelry although on a smaller scale. You might want to read more about the history of the festival and some of its customs.
Today is the final day of Mardi Gras and marks the end of the giant party. All this is done in preparation for Lent which begins tomorrow and is a time for reflection and sometimes sacrifice. What are you giving up for Lent? was something I often heard as a child. Many Christian churches today stress making a commitment to do something positive in your life rather than giving up a favorite part of your life.
So, what has all this to do with our writing world? How about making a promise to do something good in your writing life? If you commit to it from now until Easter, it could become a habit. And it might bring results.
Laissez les bons temps rouler! means Let the good times roll! So, what kind of good things might you commit to? Here's a partial list. Maybe you can add others. I'd love to see your additions in the comments section.
1. Send out no less than one submission per week
2. Spend a specified amount of time writing every day
3. Read one book that deals with writing per month
4. Connect with other writers in person or online
5. Do a better job promoting yourself as a writer
What else can you think of for the list?