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Five New Year Resolutions for Writers

 

happy-new-year-2017It’s that time again! Here are five resolutions
to get your writing off to a great start.
“I (your name goes here) resolve to . . .

8e355989e12212c3efde652892d26ce0“Set just one writing goal per week.”
Think about the big picture: what do you want to accomplish? State it in one simple sentence. Write it down. Working toward a weekly goal (Write one chapter in my WIP) can be less stressful and easier to accomplish than setting a series of smaller goals (Write 2500 words each day).

“Begin and end each writing session with a prayer.”
Spending quiet time in prayer eases you into your writing and helps you relax when you’re through. Think of it as a warm-up and cool down. Beginning and ending with a prayer also helps to set apart your writing time from other tasks.

4dcd288658631c6ed9f0ee71452af663“Schedule breaks.”
Long writing sessions can lead to losing your objectivity. Even a short break helps you refresh and regroup your thoughts.

“Take things one step at a time.”
Remember the fable about the tortoise and the hare? Slow and steady wins the race! Just keep putting one keystroke after another as you work toward your weekly goal.

preview“Forgive myself.”
Nobody is perfect. There will be times when life gets in the way of reaching your goal. When that happens, sigh big. Say, “Oh, well.” Then move on.

Remember: Every new year is filled with 365 fresh starts.

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5 Simple Writing Goals for the New Year

It’s that time when writers set goals for the new year. Here are five that you might want to add to your list.

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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.

stress-affects-health-400x400Keep 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.

how-to-expand-your-comfort-zoneStep 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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Strikethrough the Old and Write in the New

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It’s that time again when we look forward and consider what the new year will bring. 

As writers, we scribble in journals our thoughts of the past year and our plans for the next. Maybe, one day, our words will join these written by famous authors.

The essayist, Hamilton Wright Mabie, writes: 

“New Year’s Eve is like every other night; there is no pause in the march of the universe, no breathless moment of silence among created things that the passage of another twelve months may be noted; and yet no man has quite the same thoughts this evening that come with the coming of darkness on other nights.”

and T.S. Eliot adds:

“For last year’s words belong to last year’s language. And next year’s words await another voice. And to make an end is to make a beginning.”

then American author, Hal Borland disagrees with Eliot:

“Year’s end is neither an end nor a beginning but a going on, with all the wisdom that experience can instill in us.”

and poet Edith Lovejoy Pierce says, simply:

“We will open the book. Its pages are blank. We are going to put words on them ourselves. The book is called Opportunity and its first chapter is New Year’s Day.”

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Readers, what are your thoughts about the new year? What will you write in your journals this week?

None of us know what 2015 will hold for us as writers, but let’s resolve to approach the new year one day at a time, to give it our best, and to live and grow in our craft.

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“This bright new year is given me

To live each day with zest

To daily grow and try to be

My highest and my best!”

– William Arthur Ward,

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Thank you for supporting the blog this year! I wish you all health, happiness and good writing in the new year.

I’ll see you back here in 2015.

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