It’s January, and it seems like everyone and their mother is talking about resolutions.
I get it.
New Year, New You.
Or New Year, Better You.
Whatever your resolution slogan flavor, there’s a lurker out there just waiting to sell your ambitions back to you this month when your leftover holiday spirits are high and the February slump hasn’t set in.
- Gurus with hacks for habit-forming
- 21-day challenges
- Techniques to set you on the “write” foot
(Can you hear Auld Lang Syne in the background too? Anyhoo . . . )
But I’m not a fan of resolutions, at least not out loud.
While it’s important to set goals and improve yourself, it may be wise to keep your goals close to the chest until you’ve made progress. Get the dopamine from the work itself, rather than getting it from the idea of the work (which may translate to never actually doing the work).
Because according to Forbes, 94% of people who make resolutions don’t actually achieve them. And there’s a lot of psychological research to explain why that may be. A study in Nature shows that dopamine spikes when we speak our goals into the world . . . even if we do exactly zero things to achieve them.
So avoid the resolution trap and get real about what you want and how you’re going to get it.
The first of this week’s writing advice comes from Sabrina Ricci for Digital Pubbing, who gives us 6 Pieces Of Advice Perfect For All Creators, and this article really is applicable to all creators. Whether you’re writing fiction or non-fiction, books or blogs, Sabrina’s six points are the foundation of building a business through creation in the digital age. The very first nugget of truth in the article is that “Imposters don’t get imposter syndrome, so if you’re feeling that way, you’re probably further along than you think.”
How’s that for practical positivity? (I mean, you can hear Auld Lang Syne, right?)
And if you’re bursting through imposter syndrome and taking the initiative to step into your own authorly shoes, don’t forget to keep those dopamine hits coming. Maybe We Should Be Rewarding Our Writing Achievements More, says Nicole Pyles for WOW! Women On Writing Blog. I am all here for this one.
In case you need to hear this, it’s okay to feel good about your writing, to celebrate it.
When you create goals and set to work knockin’ ’em down, hitting those milestone achievements along the way to the Big Ambition, take time to appreciate the journey, to stop and smell the progress. Nicole offers some great ways to reward yourself for a job well done. From chocolate to courses, check out her recommendations for inspiration when needed.
Now, if you find yourself nodding while simultaneously asking yourself how to create goals to tackle or wondering where to find some creative things to try to make your writing time more productive, check out the article, Meet Your Writing Goals This Year With These Valuable Tips by Lynn H. Blackburn for The Write Conversation. Lynn reviews a few ways to structure your writing time, schedule your writerly events, connect with folks in the writing world, and more.
And about those events and connections . . .
Writing is a business. And while it’s true that the stories that readers emotionally connect to the most are those borne of passion and written from the heart, the act of writing is itself a business. And since it is the beginning of the calendar year, it’s time to think about the business of writing. Check out this video on How To Create A Business Plan As An Author by Trudi Jaye, Cheryl Phipps, Wendy Vella and Shar Barratt for Self Publishing Info with the SPA Girls that gives practical information for business planning. And there’s a business plan download waiting in the links if you need a launching point.
Now about those sales.
I’ve mentioned before that I’m a big fan of direct sales. But if you’re feeling overwhelmed at the prospect, that maybe having sales help may be beneficial, give a list to this podcast episode by Sacha Black on Beautiful Books And Selling Direct With Angela J. Ford. Hear about book boxes, marketing, sourcing design help, and building your sales platform to take the guesswork out of the process. And with direct sales, you retain control over your work and get to influence your readers’ experiences.
A moment of caution: Make sure you have your original book files. Kathleen Kaiser for Writers and Publishers Network says, Authors, You Need To Have The Original Files For Your Book. Whether you’re self-publishing, working with a hybrid publisher, or have another arrangement, it’s important that you have a PDF of the books interior and cover . . . just in case. Kathleen explains why and alludes to some possible changes coming to Amazon’s e-book space, which could have significant ramifications for book publishing.
And speaking of Kindle, wrapping up this week’s writing advice comes from Dave Chesson for Kindlepreneur. Dave’s article, Book Idea Validation Mastery: Is Your Book Idea A Bestseller?, gives practical steps you can take to test the market for your story idea. There’s quite a lot to unpack, and there are several research tools mentioned, so check out what’s available, adapt to your needs, and line up those authorly goals of yours.
It’s time to achieve.
More Productivity Advice for the Week (Click to expand)
- 3 Simple Changes To Improve Your Writing Year by Jessica Strawser for Career Authors
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- Video: 5 Steps To Your Best Year Yet As A Writer In 2024 by Bethany Atazadeh for Bethany Atazadeh – YA Fantasy Author
- 6 Pieces Of Advice Perfect For All Creators by Sabrina Ricci for Digital Pubbing
- A Writer’s Resolve: Eight Inspirations For Your New Year by Greer Macallister for Writer Unboxed
- Create Your Personal ‘Year In Review’ by Brian Jud for Self Published Author
- Did You Come This Far To Only Come This Far? by Rachel Stone for Women Writers, Women’s Books
- Five Writing Nemeses That Every Writer Faces by Tim Suddeth for The Write Conversation
- How To Get Back Into Writing After A Break by Daphne Gray-Grant for Publication Coach
- How To Make Yourself Write by C Hope Clark for FundsforWriters
- Video: How To Network With Creative People by Draft2Digital for Draft2Digital
- Podcast: How To Overcome The 5 Types Of Imposter Syndrome by Savannah Gilbo for Fiction Writing Tips
- Video: How To Set Writing Goals And Accomplish Them This Year by Abbie Emmons for Abbie Emmons
- How Your Mindset Can Boost Your Productivity This Year by Ann Gomez for Publication Coach
- Make Sure Your Writing Companions Are A Good Influence: Beware These 9 Traits Of Toxic Writers by Edie Melson for The Write Conversation
- Maybe We Should Be Rewarding Our Writing Achievements More by Nicole Pyles for WOW! Women On Writing Blog
- Meet Your Writing Goals This Year With These Valuable Tips by Lynn H. Blackburn for The Write Conversation
- New What? by Mark Stevens for Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers
- Off The Path: Writing Genre Fiction While Neurodivergent by Sarah J. Sover for Writer’s Digest
- One New Year’s Resolution by Debbie Burke for Killzoneblog.com
- Productivity Practices For Writers In 2024 by PeggySue Wells for The Write Conversation
- Reassessing Your Writing Career by Tiffany Yates Martin for FoxPrint Editorial
- The Dumb Stories We Tell Ourselves And What To Do About Them by Johnny B. Truant for Writers In The Storm
- Video: The Easiest Way To Unblock Your Creativity by Lauren Sapala for Lauren Sapala
- The Mental Game Of Writing — Mindset by Sue Coletta for Story Empire
- Video: The Suprising Real Reasons You’re Stuck In Your Novel by Shirley Jump for Write Better Fiction with Shirley Jump
- Video: Top 10 Tips For Writing A Book In 2024 by Sara Lubratt for Sara Lubratt
- Video: Use This Notebook System To Write Your Next Great Novel by Brenden Pugh for Writing Quest
- What Does Your Writing End Game Look Like? by Sarah Sally Hamer for The Write Conversation
- Video: Why You’re Failing At Writing by Lauren Sapala for Lauren Sapala
- Winning Technique: Listen To Advice by Joseph Lallo for Writers In The Storm
- Write Goals That Work by Rochelle Melander for Write Now Coach!
- Writer Fuel: How A Writing Practice Is Like Playing The Violin by Gabriela Pereira for DIY MFA
- Writer, Set Achievable Goals For 2024 by Andrea Merrell for The Write Editing
- Writing True by Linda S. Clare for Linda S. Clare
- Podcast: Your Best Writing Year Yet by Mark Desvaux for The Bestseller Experiment
More Craft Advice for the Week (Click to expand)
- What Should I Do If My Work Is Called Problematic? by Oren Ashkenazi and Chris Winkle for Mythcreants
- Video: I Wrote An Entire Book With Ai. This Is What Happened. by Jason Hamilton for The Nerdy Novelist
- Video: How To Write A Book In 2024 (10 *Fullproof* Tips) Write Your Book Easy by Ana Neu for Ana Neu
- How To Write Horror: A Step-By-Step Guide For Authors by Jason Hamilton for Kindlepreneur
- Smells Like Vivid Description by Philip Athans for Fantasy Author’s Handbook
- 4 Things Every Ya Writer Should Know About Teens by Samantha Cameron for Jane Friedman
- How Many Times Should An Editor Review My Work And More Questions Answered by Michael La Ronn And Sacha Black for Self Publishing Advice
- The Missing Piece Of Your Story World by Donald Maass for Writer Unboxed
- Make 2024 The Year To Be A Masterful Writer by C. S. Lakin for Live Write Thrive
- Video: I Story Hacked Star Trek Episodes With Chatgpt by Jason Hamilton for The Nerdy Novelist
- Video: How To Start Writing With Ai by Elizabeth Ann West for Future Fiction Academy
- Video: 3 Resources And Ideas For Writing Your Fantasy Novel In 2024 by Brenden Pugh for Writing Quest
- Video: The Untold Secrets Of Ai In Worldbuilding For Sci-Fi And Fantasy by Marie Mullany for Just In Time Worlds
- The Über Skill For Writers by Tiffany Yates Martin for Jane Friedman
- Tighten Your Novel With A Preposition Patrol by Janice Hardy for Fiction University
- The Editor Over Your Shoulder by Garry Rodgers for Killzoneblog.com
- Video: The 3 Tools I’m Using To Upgrade My Writing In 2024 by Brenden Pugh for Writing Quest
- Video: Character & Plot Development With Ai (Novel Crafter) by Mira Gold and Lynn Jordan for AI Writers Connection
- Video: Beginner Sudowrite Class – Focus On First Draft And Write Features by Nicole Broussard for Nicole Broussard
- Seven Ways To Deal With Unwanted Hooks by Chris Winkle for Mythcreants
- Video: How To Write Anti-Villains by Brandon McNulty for Writer Brandon McNulty
- Video: My 8 Ai Predictions For Authors In 2024 by Jason Hamilton for The Nerdy Novelist
- Novel Vs Novella by Hilary Linnertz for Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers
- How To Write A Good Story (6 Tips For Aspiring Authors) by Lauren Davish for BookBaby Blog
- Character Type & Trope Thesaurus: Funster by Becca Puglisi for Writers Helping Writers
- How Story Structure Relates To Our Lives by Sue Coletta for A Writer’s Path
- Unload Those Adjectives! by Shutta Crum for Florida Writers Association Blog
- A.i. Friend Or Foe? by Stavros Halvatzis for Stavros Halvatzis
- Video: How To Write Like C. S. Lewis by Nicole Bianchi for Nicole Bianchi
- Christy Lefteri: On Using Research To Help Storytelling by Robert Lee Brewer for Writer’s Digest
- Podcast: 465 — Creating A Mysterious Atmosphere by Oren Ashkenazi, Chris Winkle and Wes Matlock for Mythcreants
- Five New Completely Real Genres From Mythcreants by Oren Ashkenazi for Mythcreants
- My Favorite Writing Reminders by James Scott Bell for Killzoneblog.com
- Video: Have We Fallen For Artificial Intelligence? by Stavros Halvatzis for Get Writing
- Video: Common Writing Mistakes: Dialogue (And How To Avoid Them!) by Shaelin Bishop for Reedsy
- Video: The 1 Most Important Rule In Writing Scenes: Keep Readers Turning Pages by Tim Grahl for Story Grid
- Video: How To Write A Strong Inciting Incident…Hook Readers From Page One by Shirley Jump for Write Better Fiction with Shirley Jump
- Favorite Weird Topic by Dannye Chase for Dannye Chase
More Business Advice for the Week (Click to expand)
- 2024 Indie Author Predictions by Orna Ross for Self Publishing Advice
- My 2024 Creative And Business Goals by Joanna Penn for The Creative Penn
- Writer’s Resolution 2024: Pretend Trends Do Not Exist (Or, ‘F* It, This One Is For Me’) by Chuck Wendig for Terribleminds
- Authors, You Need To Have The Original Files For Your Book by Kathleen Kaiser for Writers and Publishers Network
- Video: I Hit 500 Sales Writing On Fiverr | Here’s What I Learned! | Is Fiverr Worth It? by Michael Jaymes for Michael Jaymes
- Litigation Or Accommodation: Publishers And Ai Companies Are Discovering Very Different Ways Of Living Together by Dan Holloway for Self Publishing Advice
- 2024: The Ultimate Guide To Finding A Short Story Contest by Erin Duchesne for The Write Life
- Podcast: Beautiful Books And Selling Direct With Angela J. Ford by Sacha Black for Sacha Black
- 6 Free Literary Agent Databases For Fiction And Nonfiction by Sandra Beckwith for Build Book Buzz
- Podcast: Author Predictions For 2024 With Becca Syme by Bryan Cohen for Sell More Books Show
- Creating A Compelling Author Newsletter: A How-To Guide by Shannon Clark for The Book Designer
- Video: 2024 Publishing Predctions And Goal Setting For Authors by Julie Broad for Book Launchers
- Video: Top Tips For Authors Querying In 2024 by M.K. Williams for M.K. Williams
- Video: Podcasts That Power Indie Authors by S.D. Huston for S.D. Huston
- Video: How To Create A Business Plan As An Author by Trudi Jaye, Cheryl Phipps, Wendy Vella and Shar Barratt for Self Publishing Info with the SPA Girls
- Video: Kickstart Your New Year With These Writing & Publishing Tips by Trudi Jaye, Cheryl Phipps, Wendy Vella and Shar Barratt for Self Publishing Info with the SPA Girls
- Ensure Your Newsletter Lives Up To Subscriber’s Expectations by Colleen M. Story for Writers Helping Writers
- The Top 10 Publishing Trends For 2024 by Clayton Noblit for Written Word Media
- Book Idea Validation Mastery: Is Your Book Idea A Bestseller? by Dave Chesson for Kindlepreneur
- Video: Publish A Book In 2024 For Free In Just 15-30 Minutes (It’s Extremely Easy!) by Bethany Atazadeh for Bethany Atazadeh – YA Fantasy Author
- Video: What I Made And How I Made It As A Writer by Rachael Herron for Rachael Herron YouTube channel
- Choosing The Right Author Photo: 15 Dos And Don’ts by Shannon Clark for The Book Designer
- You, Your Reviews And Your Lifelong Marketing by Carolyn Howard-Johnson for Writers On The Move
- Video: Book Publishing Mistakes To Avoid In 2024 by Julie Broad for Book Launchers
- Why I Sometimes Write For Free by Dan Brotzel for FundsforWriters
- Mickey Mouse, Tigger, And Lady Chatterley Entered A Bar: You Can Now Decide What Happened Next Thanks To This Year’s Public Domain Releases by Dan Holloway for Self Publishing Advice
- Video: 10 Book Marketing Strategies On A Budget by Dale L. Roberts for Self-Publishing with Dale
- Video: The Biggest Misconception About Traditional Publishing by Stephen Aryan for Stephen Aryan
- Podcast: The Game-Changing Author Success Mindset by Penny Sansevieri for Author Marketing Experts, Inc.
- Podcast: How Larry Correia Became a Mega-Bestseller by Writing for Overlooked Readers by Thomas Umstattd Jr. for Author Media
- 2024 Predictions In Publishing (100% Human-Written) by Laurie McLean for Anne R. Allen’s Blog… with Ruth Harris
- Video: Authors: Make 2024 Your Most Successful Year Yet! by Shelby Leigh for Marketing by Shelby
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