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New Year’s Resolutions for Writers

December 26th, 2014

It’s that time of year again – for many of us, a new year means it’s time to reflect on the past while making plans for a better future. Resolutions are a great way to put new focus on improving ourselves in a variety of ways. If you’re a writer, you (like me) may be thinking about ways to up your game in the coming months. So I’ve come up with ten suggestions to add to your writing resolutions list for 2015.

  1. Start a blog. Talk about your upcoming projects, offer advice to other writers, or post snippets of your work. You don’t have to post every single week, but decide on a schedule and do your best to stick to it.
  2. Set a daily word-count goal. Make your daily word-count goal realistic, and set aside time every single day to achieve it.
  3. Join a writers’ group. Feel burned out on writing? Looking for inspiration? Need feedback on your latest chapter? Try a local writing group. Surrounding yourself with fellow writers may give you that jolt you need to take your writing game to the next level.
  4. Have your work professionally edited. No matter how eagle-eyed you may be, you are a writer, not an editor. Not only that, but as the creator of your work, you’re too close to it to be objective. You need a professional outside set of eyes to help make your book the best it can be.
  5. Seek out reviewers. There are hundreds of book review websites online. Yes, it takes time to read their requirements and to email them individually, but good reviews are invaluable.
  6. Write and distribute a press release. Does your book touch on an unusual subject? Have you won an award for writing? Reach out to your local press! Do your research and find out which local reporters cover books, write a thoughtful press release with a hook, and then send your pitch. You never know when your story might fit their news needs.
  7. Create a marketing plan. Writing, editing and publishing your book is only the first step. Marketing it is, arguably, the most difficult part of the entire process, but no one is going to do it for you (unless you’re J.K. Rowling or Stephen King). Your plan may include social media marketing, traditional advertising, a website, PR tactics, an email newsletter, YouTube videos, and so much more. Don’t try to do them all – play to your strengths and use the marketing initiatives that are right for your target market.
  8. Reach out to local schools and librarians. Schools are always trying to encourage their students to read and write. Reach out to local principals and librarians to see if they might be interested in having you speak to students about writing.
  9. Attend a writing workshop. Think you know everything there is to know about writing? Of course not! There’s always something more to learn. Check out a writing workshop for some tips and inspiration.
  10. Seek out guest blogging opportunities. Bloggers are just like you – they’re busy! Many would love to turn over a blogging slot to someone who can craft an original blog that speaks to their audience. Find blogs that reach your target audience and strike up a conversation with the blogger – they’ll likely be happy to host your blog.

New Year

 

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