Preparing for Your New Year of Writing

Happy New Year, Writer Friends! 🙂 If you’re like me, you want this new writing year to be even better than last year. But, as with any worthwhile endeavor, planning ahead is essential.

So let’s look at some steps you can take to make 2011 your most successful writing year yet:

1) Set realistic goals. Have you thought about what you want your writing career to look like by the end of 2011?  If not, take some time today to imagine your writing life at the end of the new year.  Ask yourself the following questions:

  • What kind of writing do I want to focus on this year? Fiction, non-fiction,  poetry, business writing?
  • What projects does God want me to complete?  A novel? Several short stories? A weekly column?
  • How much time each day will I devote to writing? Have I blocked out that time in my calendar?
  • Who will hold me accountable to my writing goals? A spouse?  A close friend? A family member? A life coach?

2) Align yourself with other writers. Writing is a lonely profession. One can feel isolated sitting in front of a computer for hours at a time with no human interaction. It’s important that we seek the fellowship of other writers who understand and share the joys and challenges of the writing life. 

3) Most of all, pray. God has a plan for your writing life, and His plan may not be your plan.  Before you write each day, seek His will for your writing that day. Then obey what He tells you. Your most influential writing will come out of obedience to God’s direction for your writing. 

Know that you will be in my prayers during the new year. May our Lord prosper the work of your heart and of your hands, for His glory and for the building of His Kingdom. 

On the Writing Journey with You,

MaryAnn

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  1. I’m looking forward to getting back into the regular routine. I typically take December off to work on Christmas sewing/crafts and family things.

    Yes, realistic goals are a must. If you can do more, then do. But don’t overwhelm yourself. You’ll never get anything done.

    Happy New Year!

    January 2, 2011 at 9:39 AM