Happy New Year, writers!
We’re almost a week into the New Year, and I know that everybody has been setting amazing goals, ahead of a fantastic year of writing, editing and hopefully publishing!
I wrote a post last year, on how to achieve your 2018 writing goals, so it seemed only right to offer some advice on achieving your 2019 goals too!
1. Embrace your dreams
First things first, embrace your dreams. Embrace being a writer. I wrote a post last year, highlighting 4 things that shift once you embrace that you want to be a writer. Being unpublished doesn’t make you any less worthy of the ‘Writer’ title. Once you embrace your dreams, you’ll have much more confidence in going out and achieving them.
2. Be micro-ambitious
Being micro-ambitious includes setting small, short term goals. They are quicker and easier to achieve than bigger, more long term goals, and give the opportunity to make little wins throughout the year. In many cases, you may find you actually achieve more, because the little goals are more attainable and lead you, in time, to your bigger dreams.
3. Make writing a habit
Amazing things happen when you make writing a habit. Even jotting down a couple of sentences each day will help you make progress, and you’ll probably find yourself writing more on certain days. If you’ve got big goals on your plans for 2019 then making writing a habit is the best way to keep at it, and avoid slumps and blocks.
4. Get feedback
Writers are known for doubting themselves, and when you are the only one who has read your story it’s easy to assume the worst. Getting honest feedback from people you trust can help you find the faults and flaws in your work, but also highlight what works and where your strengths lie. It can be a real confidence boost, a fantastic learning curve, and a great way to improve your craft.
Nice and simple. Writers should read, when they can. Reading makes you a better writer. Keep reading, and you will continue to improve as a writer, which will help you achieve success.
Share your goals and plans for the upcoming year below! I’d love to hear what you’re aiming for. Good luck everybody!