The New Year is an excellent time to press ‘refresh’, and to take stock of what you have already accomplished, and what you still wish to accomplish. While setting goals, ad intentions for an entire year can feel overwhelming, here are three tips to help you set effective writing goals for the year:
I’ve written before about my extreme love of journaling in detail here, but until this past year I wasn’t keeping a writing specific journal (other than one in which I could scribble down ideas I had, or passages of dialogue that came to me while I was out and about.)
In the last year, I’ve started writing about my writing (I know, it’s all very meta.) But I’ve found three specific benefits from keeping such detailed entries about my writing process:
For the better part of my life as a reader, I have loved reading fiction, and only fiction. Specifically, I am a science-fiction and fantasy sort of gal. In fact, other than academic reading while at university, I have only really started reading non-fiction in the last year or so. And I have been delighted by what I’ve read! Here are three reasons why I’ve developed a new love affair with reading non-fiction, and why I think you should too!
‘Everything old is new again’ – at least in the world of writing. Originality can be hard to come by, and frankly, most of the stories we love best are iterations of the same formula. This doesn’t make us love these kinds of stories any less; it just makes the old storytelling ideas all the more important. Here are three tips to help you iterate on old ideas in your writing:
A ‘writing tic’ is something that you regularly include in your writing, and often use to excess. It can be a partial phrase, or even a particular word used repetitively. We all do this, and often careful editing can catch these ‘writing tics’, but sometimes we can’t see the forest for the trees, and these tics can creep into our published works. Here are three tips to help you get rid of a writing tic: