What does it mean to chase your desires? How do you even do that? What does a life chasing your desired feelings look like? This is exactly what I have been attempting to do…and here’s what I’ve learnt. Continue reading
A genie grants you three writing-related wishes: what are your writing wishes and why?
If you were going to be stuck in an elevator, which fictional characters would you most like to be stuck with? Who are your elevator characters?
You have written a fantastic novel and compiled a list of relevant potential book publishers and literary agents. Now you have to get them interested in taking on your manuscript. It’s time to learn how to write a query letter.
Writers often work in isolation. It can be a solitary pastime: sitting at their desk, typing or writing furiously, barely aware of the world beyond their screen or page. But today, I thought we take a trip to visit each other’s work space…
What is your writing wish…if you could have anything you wanted? What is your big writing dream?
The importance of setting in a work of fiction cannot be down-played. Whether internal, imaginary or real, setting is where your story takes place. By creating believable settings, you lead readers into your story and enable them to be swept up in the world of your story.
A new year brings another set of goals to strive toward. Setting goals you want to achieve this year, before the end of January, will help set you up for success.
I realised a long time ago that simply making the New Year’s resolution to be more productive was nothing more than wishful thinking. The key is to set clear goals and to outline steps to achieving those goals. If, like me, you have more things you want to do this year than are humanly possible in the hours, days, weeks and months of any given year, then it is vital that you identify your objectives and prioritise your key goals.
My professional goals:
- Find a publisher for my novel
- Complete the two non-fiction books I began in 2013 and self-publish at least one as an eBook
- Write another novel
- Write another non-fiction book
- Continue to build my author profile
- Complete my freelance business website
- Continue to build my freelance business
- Learn more about marketing – for books and business
- Attend a conference and/or writer’s retreat
My personal goals:
- Do 30 minutes yoga at least 5 days a week
- Walk for 30 minutes a day for at least 5 days a week
- Tackle stairs for a minimum of 15 minutes a day (preferably 30) for at least 2 days a week
- Meditate at least 2 days a week
- Do 30 minutes of stretches at least 5 days per week
- Get back to being sugar-free (Christmas festivities took their toll!)
The next step is to outline how you will achieve your goals, allocate timeframes to each step and diarise these – this will keep you on track and give you a better chance of success.
My professional goals:
- Find a publisher for my novel: I have begun researching publishers and literary agents to identify those most suited to the genre of my novel. I have already begun work on a pack to send to them and have been and will continue to blog about this process.
- Complete the two non-fiction books I began in 2013 and self-publish at least one as an eBook – I have two non-fiction books mostly written. One needs more creation, the other needs research. I will set aside an allocated time each week to work on these.
- Write another novel – I have an idea for my second novel already. It is a loose collection of thoughts really. I have no plot to speak of, but do have two characters, a location and an era. I will allocate at least an hour each morning for creative writing.
- Write another non-fiction book – I have two ideas for forthcoming non-fiction books. I suspect one will be less time consuming and ‘easier’, the other will provide collaboration and a great learning opportunity. I have yet to decide which I will take on.
- Continue to build my author profile: continue to blog, Tweet and post to Facebook and LinkedIn. Also continue to explore Pinterest.
- Complete my freelance business website – this faltered over the Christmas period and it is a priority to resolve a few outstanding issues pertaining to the website.
- Continue to build my freelance business – the website is certainly part of this. I also need to consider marketing; and to explore any opportunities that might present themselves via my already established contacts.
- Learn more about marketing – for books and business. This is a research project in itself and I will blog about what I learn as I go.
- Attend a conference and/or writer’s retreat – I didn’t attend anything like this in 2013, but feel it is vital for my professional development and networking.
My personal goals:
- A writer’s life can often involve long hours at the computer. I have a plan that sees me getting out of bed at 6.30am for morning yoga and gives me several exercise breaks throughout the day. I don’t take a lunch break as such, so exercise breaks are welcome time out and help refresh my head!
Once you have listed all of your goals, don’t get overwhelmed by all that you want to do this year. You are not aiming to achieve them all at the same time – once you step them out across the whole year they will look much more attainable.
I’d love to hear what your goals are for the year and what you are doing to achieve them.
Image: ‘Goals Key’ courtesy of Stuart Miles / FreeDigitalPhotos.net
This reading and writing activity will involve reading, reflecting and writing to get you thinking about and practicing what hooks a reader in, tone and style.
Writing prompts are good as a warm up and get the creative juices flowing, when you are stuck to help you work through writer’s block, or when you are short of time but want to do some writing for the day.