December 5, 2017
Note From Rochelle
Have you started planning for the New Year? If you’re hoping to start a blog or write a book, I can help. I can support you in planning your project, creating a writing schedule, and overcoming obstacles. From now until the end of December, I’m offering my six-session Writer Mentoring Package for just $549. (The package usually runs $687.) If you’re interested, set up a complimentary consultation.
Today’s tip will help you get a jumpstart on next year’s goals.
Three Practices to Guarantee Writing Success
by Rochelle Melander
Last week I gave you tools to begin dreaming about what you want to accomplish in the New Year. But here’s the thing, writers: you don’t have to wait until January to work on your New Year’s goals. Start now. If you want to write, then write. If you hope to build a critique group, send requests out today. If you want to build a speaking career, set up talks. Every day is an opportunity to start fresh and accomplish your goals.
If your goal is to write more, then the following three tools will help you do just that.
- Set a specific writing goal. Choose what you want to accomplish in the next week or month and write it down. Be as specific as possible. Instead of adding, “write articles” to your to do list, make a list of the specific stories you want to write and the steps it will take to complete the articles. With this information, you will approach each writing session with a sense of what you need to accomplish. You will not have to decide what to do with your time.
- Schedule your writing. Instead of writing when you have time or feel like it, make a decision to schedule time to write. At the beginning of each week or month, schedule your writing sessions. Once you have these in the schedule, treat the sessions with the same respect you give your regular teeth cleaning or therapy appointment. Show up no matter what. Soon, your writing sessions will be as habitual as eating lunch.
- Plan ahead. At the end of my daily writing session, I plan what I will work on during the next session. I leave myself a note about it so that when I start my writing session the next day, I have a few ideas about what I am going to write. I never have to face the blank page.