As we look ahead to the new year, you may be making a list of all the goals you hope to accomplish in the upcoming months: run a marathon, learn floral arranging, buy a new car, improve your writing skills, get published, and more! While Writer’s Relief can’t help you with prepping for a 5K, creating bouquets, or getting that Jaguar convertible you always wanted, we do have some tips on how to achieve your writing goals for the upcoming year. First, if you want to succeed in reaching your goals, it’s important to make writing resolutions that are realistic.
New Year’s resolutions are doomed to fail if they are vague, unrealistic, or overwhelming. For the best odds of success, choose resolutions that are not only achievable and measurable, but something you’ll enjoy doing! Here are a few resolutions that are fun and offer big benefits for your writing!
Writing Resolutions That Are Realistic, Achievable, And Fun To Do!
Resolve To Diversify Your Reading List
We all love to read, so this resolution is definitely easy and enjoyable! Reading books by various authors in different genres will influence and improve your writing. And choosing books written by authors of varying races, ethnicities, religions, sexualities, and gender identities will help open your mind to new ideas, perspectives, and worldviews. It will also help decolonize the writing and publishing industry by giving underrepresented writers an audience. Here is a list of books recommended for diverse reading!
Resolve To Connect With Your Community
It’s now easier than ever to find your writing tribe, get feedback on your work, and maybe even make some new friends! You can join a local writing group that meets in person or attend virtual meetings via Zoom or other platforms.
Discord is an online chat service where you can join servers (like chat rooms) to interact with people who have common interests—and there are Discord servers for writers! Network and get valuable feedback on your writing by connecting with your community.
Resolve To Ask More Questions
Being curious is essential to the writing process. Asking more questions will broaden your areas of knowledge and improve your writing. You can begin by asking yourself these questions:
- What makes my writing unique?
- Who is my audience?
- Where do I want my writing journey to take me?
- Here are 37 more questions to ask yourself!
When you attend workshops, conferences, classes, or lectures, be sure to engage and ask questions. Don’t focus only on questioning the instructors—address some of your questions to the other writers and attendees:
- How do you handle writer’s block?
- How did you find your writing voice?
- Where do you find inspiration?
- Here are 50 other questions to ask!
Resolve to be more inquisitive about your everyday surroundings as well. What’s making that loud sound outside? Where are the boats in the bay headed? What does the scent of your new “midnight breeze” candle remind you of? The answers to these questions and more can help make your writing more vivid and interesting.
Resolve To Try Something Fun
Tapping in to your inner child can reignite your imagination! Activities such as scavenger hunts can inspire a poem or story, while board games like Clue or Monopoly might offer ideas for an interesting plot twist. Songwriting and art projects can stretch your mind in new ways, and trying new recipes can boost your overall creativity.
Resolve To Boost Your Odds Of Getting Published
Make this the year you get your work published! Resolve to send out more submissions on a consistent schedule. You can spend hours each week researching and working on getting your writing published—or you can trust the experts at Writer’s Relief to do all the busywork for you! Our researchers will target the best markets for your work and boost your odds of getting an acceptance. And what’s more fun than adding new moves to your “I got an acceptance” dance? Learn more and submit your writing sample to our Review Board today!
“There is nothing so satisfying as finding my stories a home. I’ve celebrated each acceptance and look forward to more. Thank you, Writer’s Relief, for making this possible!” —Suzanne S., Writer
By choosing writing resolutions that are achievable and realistic, you’ll be more likely to follow through and succeed at reaching your goals!
Question: Which writing resolution will you try first?