Happy New Year!
As a writer, you’ve probably made all sorts of New Year’s resolutions for your writing and your writing career.
But a word of caution here, you don’t need to change your entire life in order to become a successful writer or to build a successful freelance writing career.
In fact, if you make resolutions to drastically change how you’re living and working right now to accomodate your writing, you probably won’t stick to those writing resolutions for very long – a couple of months, maybe.
But after that, it will be too difficult and uncomfortable to keep up with the changes.
Think of it like this.
Every January, millions of people make dozens of resolutions for the New Year.
They resolve to lose weight, get in shape, stop smoking, quit drinking, etc.
But any “plan” most people might have to accomplish these resolutions is so drastic, there’s no way they’re able to stick to their plans.
So, before long, they’re right back to where they started.
Only this time, they feel like failures because they were not able to stick to their resolutions.
Don’t let this happen to you as a writer.
If you’ve never written a short story before, don’t resolve to write an entire novel this year.
If you only write occasionally, don’t resolve to write every single day for the next 12-months.
This is setting yourself up to fail.
Think carefully before you make your writing resolutions.
What small changes can you make that, over time, will produce big results?
Resolve to write on a regular basis – maybe just once or twice week – would be a good resolution if you only write occasionally now.
If you’d like to write a novel, start by writing some short stories.
You’ll be able to complete these quicker than a novel, and the sense of accomplishment will keep you motivated to continue writing.
If you’ve never earned money from your writing, but you’d like to start doing that, your writing resolution might be to earn at least $25.00 per month as a writer.
Then you’ll need to simply figure out what you’ll need to do in order to earn that amount each month.
Gradually, you’ll increase that amount to $100 or more per day.
I’m not saying you can’t dream big.
I’m just saying you need to start small.