Raise your writing game with these New Year resolutions
New Year is upon us and some of us take this time to set personal goals for ourselves… lose 10Ibs… save more money… be more motivated. But what about your writing career? Before we share our 9 New Years resolutions for writers, let’s first look at how to set a goal AND stick to it.
Taking the example above; ‘lose 10Ibs’. Okay, so why do you want to lose this 10Ibs? When do you want to lose this 10Ibs by? What will it feel like, what will it look like when you’ve lost this 10Ibs? By understanding your motivation behind the goal, defining a finish line and visualising the goal as if it has already been achieved you are far more likely to stick to the goal. By keeping the goal simple and undefined you are setting yourself up for an inevitable fail.
Now that you know how to set a tangible goal, see our 9 New Years resolutions to help writers raise their game in 2019:
Do some research on your genre, who are the movers and shakers in that genre, where did they start? Who are the up and coming writers and how are they presenting themselves to the world. Read to see if they have done articles and interviews.
2. Get sociable with other authors, join a writer’s group, either physically or online. Sharing ideas, tactics, and offering to critique pieces of writing, this helps keep you inspired to continue.
In 1982, Paulo Coelho published his first book, Hell Archives, which failed to make a substantial impact. In 1986 he contributed to the Practical Manual of Vampirism, although he later tried to take it off the shelves since he considered it "of bad quality." After making the pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela in 1986, Coelho wrote The Pilgrimage that was published in the year 1987. The following year, Coelho wrote The Alchemist and published it through a small Brazilian publishing house who made an initial print run of 900 copies and decided not to reprint. He subsequently found a bigger publishing house, and with the publication of his next book Brida, The Alchemist took off. HarperCollins decided to publish the book in 1994. Later it became an international bestseller.
3. Set a reading goal, now this could be reading within the genre that you write in, reading inspirational books to get your creativity going or books on honing your writing skills.
4. Zest up your normal routines by trying something new. If you are writing a novel, take a break and write a short story or a poem.
5. Start a marketing list of print and online media in your genre and reviewers that have reviewed books similar to yours. When researching other authors, make a note of where they are interviewed and where they are mentioned in print or online. You can gauge a lot about your target audience and what they think and need from you, as a writer, by reading online comments to articles.
6. It’s never too early to build a social media presence, even the road to writing your book can be of interest. There is always something new to learn or find out about. Instagram has grown massively in popularity for all things bookish. Ask yourself what is or isn’t working for you. Can you improve your reach? Or even consider dropping a platform if it just isn’t working. Follow us on Instagram to get weekly tips and hints for your writing and marketing.
7. Start a blog, even it is only about your journey so far. If you do something new and write a short story, publish it and get feedback from your social media audience.
8. Consider planning a writing calendar for your week. Time for writing, time for editing. Find your most productive routine and stick with it. Use our FREE Content Planner to help schedule your month.
9. Consider taking up some meditative tricks and tools to help you stay balanced. Mediation, mindfulness practice and yoga can all help you with productivity and creative stimulation. Your well being is so important.
The Freshly Press team wish you a very happy and successful New Year.