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:
‘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:
I try to write a blog post at least once a week. Some weeks are better than others, but over the last five years of blogging, I have amassed several hundred blog posts. I know some writers do much better than this, but I know a once-a-week blog post is something I can manage, without burning out entirely, and still managing to find plenty of time to write fiction.
When I first started blogging I found myself becoming annoyed at how frequently I felt I had to produce content, and blogging really began to feel like a chore. But as I became more practiced at it, I’ve found a secondary benefit. Here are three ways in which blogging has helped me write fiction: