It’s that time when writers set goals for the new year. Here are five that you might want to add to your list.
Be good to yourself.
If you find yourself criticizing your writing ability—stop! Get into the habit of changing I won’t and I can’t thoughts into I will and I can!
Don’t give up.
Promise that you won’t stop writing—no matter what. Don’t allow rejection notices, unkind reviews or criticisms get in your way. Learn to develop a thick skin.
Keep it fun.
When you stress about getting your work published, meeting a deadline or editing a manuscript, remind yourself that writing should be fun. Step away from your stressed-out mindset, take a deep breath and decompress. Don’t let stress rob you of the pleasure of putting words on paper.
Learn something new.
Resolve to study current publishing trends and innovations. Learn a new way to promote your work. Become proficient at using social media or a new software program.
Step out of your comfort zone.
Set a goal to leap over the hurdles that most often get in your way. Dive into technology and learn to use it well. Try writing in a unfamiliar genre or voice. Schedule a book signing.
Set goals that make sense for you instead of stressing over goals that you feel you should have. And remember—your writing goals are not set in stone. If you find yourself trudging toward a goal that you really don’t care about, change it.
You know best what is best for you.
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