And the winner is: Melinda Moore. Melinda Moore picked the same random fairy tale I chose, Beauty and The Beast. Sorry, Holly. Unfortunately, Twice Upon a Time is temporarily unavailable on Amazon. Hopefully, it will be back soon. A free copy will be sent to our winner as soon as that happens.
Here are some ideas I came up with for some new year writing resolutions. Feel free to choose one of these or come up with some of your own. I’d love some comments on these or any you might have or if you have writing resolutions of your own.
Here we go:
Writing Resolutions for 2015
1. Spend X amount of time writing each day. You pick the amount. It’s all up to you. But stretch a little.
2. Write X amount of words each day/week. I did this last year. I made my writing goal 3000 words per week. Sometimes I made it. Other times I did not.
3. Read X amount of books in the year. Make some of them writing books. A good reader is a good writer.
4. Join a writing critique group.
5. Enlist a critique partner/ hire a critique professional. Believe it or not. Some are not terribly expensive. A writer’s Path has submission guidelines for Under the Microscope. You can share the beginning of a novel/story and he will critique it for free if he picks your story. Here’s the link: http://ryanlanz.com/utm-submissions/
6. Start journaling every day. It helps keep the writing process in focus.
7. Start a blog/change up the blog you have.
8. Make a submission goal. I did this now for three years. My submission goal in the past was two submissions a week, but now that I’m going to focus more on getting a book published, I’m downsizing it a bit for this year.
9. Pursue the agenting process/ or self publishing process/ or small publishing company process. Pursue something anyway to further your writing.
10. Finish something you started. Take that short story off the shelf and finish it. Finish that novel or novella if you’re not ready for the bigger book yet. Finishing something gives you an incredible feeling of accomplishment even if it is not published.
Well, that’s a few. Now here are the ones I’ve chosen for this year.
1.My Submission goal is downsized now to one a month.
2. Writing: I’m going to endeavor to write one hour every week day. That will probably include lots of stuff; journaling, blogging, or story/novel writing. It will not include emails, though. I’m not cheating that much.
3. Reading: One book a month, at least, and three of them must be writing books.
4. Get an agent. Or try to anyway.
5. Be on the way to publishing a book.
There you have it! Feel free to comment and adopt one of these goals yourself. Share
your resolutions with me. Let’s be inspired together!
2 thoughts on “Writing Wins and Woes: Writing Resolutions and the winner is:”
Congrats to Melinda!! Also, those sound like great goals for this year. Kick butt in 2015!
I see Ryan Lanz everywhere now! I think I’m only going to get goals going when I have these queries out. But in 2 months time, I’m going to get some structure back into my days! I also think I will change up my blog a little, include a few more personal time posts about books I love, what I do with my time. Good luck with getting an agent 🙂 Let us know how you go along the way! I think an hour a day writing is a great goal. Doing this, regardless of how busy we are, would feel great!