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Getting ready for the new year...

So the new year is just around the corner... perhaps getting a head start will help you get on the way. Read these simple tips and maybe think about which ones would be the fastest to start with.

Here we go---

Start reviewing and thinking about any unfinished writing projects you've had. Many of those works perhaps got pushed aside by stress, other overwhelming responsibilities, or you just forgot about it. Finishing these writing pieces will help you finish more accomplished- and who doesn't want to feel more accomplished? Finishing writing any that you haven't will also help you grow as a writer.

My second piece of advice is to buy a new journal or two (or even three) and you can also purchase some new pens and any other materials you use to write drafts and ideas. You know how I always share that we should be writing, people watching, and all... I still think it's a great idea and have found it to be valuable. Why? Well because if you find the time to relax, or just people watch this is like a dedicated time frame for you as a writer vs. trying to find your thoughts amidst other responsibilities.

One other way I prepare, is to reflect when the best time you have found this year to write is. Then look at your new year calendar, and go ahead and block off the time- yes now. Block off the your calendar...

Something else that you might find helpful would be to reflect on your passion for writing and create goals for this year. Some people create vision boards, I don't necessarily do those, but I do write down my goals and timelines. Have you heard of S.M.A.R.T. goals? That's the format I use:

How to write a SMART goal

  1. S for specific. A goal should be linked to one activity, thought, or idea.

  2. M for measurable. A goal should be something you can track and measure progress toward.

  3. A for actionable. There should be clear tasks or actions you can take to make progress toward a goal.

  4. R for realistic. ...

  5. T for timely.

Join a writing group! Social media has many groups you can join, but there are also groups you can join in your public library, local writers' guild, and maybe even your local book store...there isn't one? Create one! I am sure there are other writers who would like to join you.

Lastly, prepare to learn something new that will help your craft as a professional writer. Public libraries, community colleges, and even community centers sometimes offer varied workshops and opportunities to learn. Of coures, YouTube has short (and sometimes) long tips too. In other words, if you want to learn, then you will. You just have to research and find out where and how.


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