I’m also going to take this opportunity to plug the Ruby Slippered Sisterhood’s annual Winter Writing Festival. The utter fabulousness of this festival is that it is utterly personalized. You create your own goals depending on your needs. You get points for whatever you choose, not just writing. I have a book release coming up, so I put in things like blog posts and review requests as point earners. There are chat rooms at least eighteen hours a day where you can sprint with other enthusiastic writers. Wherever you are in your writing career, it will fit! It begins on January 12, so go here for all the deets: http://bit.ly/1AquTz6
I’m not a big believer in NY resolutions. Personally, I make those on my birthday every year. The frenzy to start fresh on a new year is infectious, however. Maybe too infectious. Because January 1 doesn’t automatically mean we all start a new book. It resets the calendar, not our contracts or WIPs. Heck, I’m finishing a book this week – and I most assuredly did not start it nine days ago.
But you can still give yourself a fresh writing start. What do you want to learn this year? How to blog? How to schedule tweets? How to break into the New Adult genre. I just saw a tweet from a ten-year published veteran wondering how to change her font default to Times New Roman. A little thing, sure, but something that probably drives her crazy every time she opens a new Word doc.
Whether it is signing up for classes, workshops, or gritting your teeth to figure out the inner workings of your WordPress blog, do it! And here is the key: schedule the time to make sure it doesn’t get lost in the shuffle. Often we forget that scheduling time for ourselves is just as important as appointments with other people. I mean put it on the calendar. Make it as inviolate as a call to your agent would be.
If you’ve already learned everything under the sun (snort), what is something new you’d like to experience this year? Have you ever done an author signing? Or gone to one as a fan-girl reader? Want to go to your first conference? Or maybe grit your teeth and finally submit to an agent for the first time? Again, don’t leave it hanging out there as a pie-in-the-sky dream. Stick it on your to-do list. Give yourself a deadline. And then don’t forget to celebrate and reward yourself when you do it!