WOW! Can you believe the new year is upon us? And you know what that means… yeah, you, hiding behind the couch. It means resolutions. The key to a good resolution is to have it be something that you can control. A bad resolution would be, “Get my book picked up by an agent.” A good resolution might by, “Submit my book to ten agents per month.” The first you have very little control over, but the second is completely within your power.
If you haven’t come up with any ideas yet, here are some specific to writers that you could consider. Obviously all won’t apply to everyone, but you know which can apply to you.
- Finish that book! (if you get most of it done in January, you’re MUCH more likely to pull this off)
- Revise that rough draft! Get it ready for submission, so that your 2015 goal can be to get a publisher.
- Write 1000 words a day.
- Update your blog every day this year.
- Submit your work to 100 agents/publishers.
- Write a book a month for the whole year (there are authors who do that).
- Join or start a writing group.
- Self publish your book.
- Turn your book into an audio book.
- Speak/present/panelify at a writers conference.
- Ditch your lesser hobbies, and spend the extra time writing and revising.
- Teach yourself to illustrate/edit/Photoshop or some other useful side tool.
- Read 50 books in your genre (or any genre if you’re not pinned to a genre yet)
- Read 10 books outside your genre.
- Start a serial fiction blog.
- Start a writing podcast.
- Study marketing for 15 minutes a day.
- Show someone your work.
- Get your book professionally edited.
- Take a daily walk to work on your story in your head.
- Slow down! Take more time to see, hear, and taste the world around you.
- Start a weekly email newsletter.
- Study the works of the great ones in your genre. Make a detailed diagram/chart of how they do what they do.
- Write for 30 minutes a day, every day.
- Start a daily journal.
So what’s your resolution for this year? Share it with the rest of us!