Category Archives: New Year

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.


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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5 Authors, 5 Easy Steps to Improve your Writing in 2013



Start the new year with advice from John Greenleaf Whittier, Ellen Goodman, Ralph Waldo Emerson, T.S. Eliot, and Edith Lovejoy Pierce.


1. Begin the new year with a prayer.

“We meet today to thank Thee for the era done and Thee for the opening one.”

John Greenleaf Whittier


2. Have faith in your potential.

“We spend January 1 walking through our lives, room by room, drawing up a list of work to be done, cracks to be patched. Maybe this year, to balance the list, we ought to walk through the rooms of our lives… not looking for flaws, but for potential.”

Ellen Goodman


3. Stay positive.

“Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year.”

Ralph Waldo Emerson



4. Let go of past failures.

“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.”

T.S. Eliot


5. Move forward with faith.

“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.”

Edith Lovejoy Pierce


Happy New Year, Writer Friends!


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