New Year Resolutions for Writers
We're all determined to write THE book this year. THIS will be the one. (And I genuinely hope it is, for all of us!)
So this post is for all of you who need a little motivation or help setting goals.
Here are 7 Weekly tasks for Authors that I think is excellent ground work for setting your own personal goals.
And here's a post by author Devon Monk called Why I Write. It's more of a reflective piece, but I found it to be motivating.
And finally, QueryTracker.net posted Setting, Keeping, and Achieving Your Writing Goals in the New Year. A few basics, with the writer in mind :)
My goals for this next year:
--edit Shadow Bound for the 569th time
--Get a clean, polished copy of Song of the Muse out on submission
--Write a book that is better than all my previous work
--Read at least 5 books that I can learn from as a writer (and love as a reader)
What about you?
Okay, so I didn't quite meet all of those goals. What really happened that year?
- I took Shadow Bound through How to Revise Your Novel. It took me a few months, but I went from 3 partial requests to six partial requests and 2 full requests (and counting). The book is infinitely better. (I'll show you the opening scene later)
- I read 10 books that helped me as a writer and entertained me as a reader (Maybe more. I lost count.)
- I ran my first half marathon
- I had my second child
- I went to my first writers' conference ever (a wonderful experience that I plan to repeat this year)
- I started my Ivy posts, which inspired my current WIP
- I wrote the first 12,500 words of my WIP
So there you have it: an excellent reason to keep a journal, a blog, and/or a writing diary.