In his last message of 2015, my Pastor challenged us to ask ourselves these three questions in preparing for the New Year.
What do I want to start?
What should I stop?
And, what should I continue doing?
As a writer beginning this New Year, I challenge you to ask yourself the same three questions. Here are a few suggestions to consider under the various categories.
- meet with a writers/ critique group once a month- even if it has to be online
- journal or write daily morning pages (Google ‘morning pages, Julia Cameron’)
- wake early to grab writing time before daily tasks and commitments claim your day
- write and post a weekly blog / seek guest blogging opportunities
- submit your finished work to literary agents or magazines
- build an Instagram, twitter, or Pinterest account after researching how to utilize them
- invest this year in your dream- a small investment might be the purchase of a writing resource book- a larger one- to register for a writers conference
- making excuses for your writing passion to family and friends
- ignoring the advice of the experts advising you to make changes to your manuscript (especially if you have heard the same thing from several professionals)
- editing- there is a time to stop, say enough, and submit your work
- using weed words that clutter up your story- examples are: ‘just’, ‘always’, ‘really’, that, and ‘as if’
- to hone your writing skills by attending a writers conference
- build your social media platforms
- to blog (once you have begun, letting a blog go stagnant is not a good thing)
- build online friendships with other writers
- to post book reviews on Amazon and Goodreads for books you enjoyed
Please feel free to share your ideas my suggestions brought to mind. Stay inspired and write on.