Tired of making New Year’s writing resolutions that you can never keep? Pretty sure you won’t actually finish that book this year? Maybe it’s time to think about some more realistic writing goals:
1. Commit to writing at least two words every day (texts count).
2. Resolve to come up with a potential name for a book. Pencil in a 2018 resolution to think of a plot.
3. Get a submission in two days before the deadline, instead of two minutes.
4. Complete a two-hour residency at a local McCafe.
5. Read one book that will improve your craft. Or listen to it on audiobook. Or ask someone who has read it to highlight a few key passages for you to read while you tread on your mill through a dark winter morning.
6. Write a piece that gets at least one Facebook share from someone not related to you.
7. Vow to only check Submittable three times a day. You can check Duotrope 5000 times a day if you want.
8. Upgrade your look from “Writer who is too busy to worry about matching clothes” to “Writer who has her act so together she occasionally matches clothes.”
9. Remember at least one writing idea that you come up with in the middle of the night. Hopefully not that one involving miniature pigs training to be spies.
10. Watch a movie that depicts a successful writer. Search online for something they used that might also help you write — an obscure typewriter model, a fancy quill, a sparkling bottle of absinthe.
11. Commit to revising at least one piece of writing this year. For example, your resume.
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