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New beginnings: What Does Your Writing Future Hold?

By on January 01, 2015 . Category Column

Happy New Year!!

It’s a new year, and it’s a new start, and it’s time for some fresh new goals!

While I’m a big believer that you can reinvent yourself at any point, because every day—every minute—is new, there is something particularly special about a shiny new year. It’s so full of potential. It’s so full of possibility. It’s so ready to be seized.

Most of us are used to the resolution game—“This year I’m going to _____!”

And most of us have been burned by that game before. Oh, we set such lofty goals. We make such glorious plans. And on January 1st, there we are, raring to go and ready for success.

…And then life catches up with us and tramples our dreams into the mud.

So I propose this: Rather than make a bunch of crazy, sweeping declarations, let’s pick one goal to work steadily toward.

For me: Getting my novel publish-ready.

OK, big goal established. Now! Little goals that will support it.

Writing daily, getting critique partners and beta readers to keep me in check, setting personal deadlines, and utilizing my handy dandy bullet journal to keep me on track.

The methods you utilize to make sure you get your goals achieved will be unique to you, but the point is to spell them out as clearly as you can.

Don’t overwhelm yourself with goals—fitness, health, career, relationship, books…just take a deep breath and resolve to do the best you can in all aspects of your life.

However, if you’re really committed to something, set aside some time (thirty minutes or so) and sit down by yourself. Put on some nice music (not something that will distract you), gather your materials (books with pointers or articles with information you need), and map out what it is you want to do with 2015.

Our goals don’t happen to us, we make them happen, so put pen to paper, make it real, and then make a plan! It doesn’t have to be an outrageous plan; it doesn’t have to rock the world. Just one small step every day in the right direction will get you where you need to go—it’s not the size of the act, but the consistency of regular action that makes things happen.

And you know what else?

 

What are your goals for 2015? What are you planning to accomplish this year?

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