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5 Writing Resolutions You Should Consider for 2020
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December 2019
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December 2019

With a new year and a new decade on the horizon, it's time to look ahead and start planning your 2020 writing resolutions. If you're unsure where to start or need a few ideas to get your new year off to a great start, here are five writing resolutions for you to consider.

Writing Goals 

Do you want to finish your draft? Edit your completed novel? Whatever you'd like to accomplish in terms of your writing, make a list of those projects now and hold yourself accountable during the year so you can check each thing off when you have completed it. 

Set a Reading Goal

If you ask bestselling authors for advice about writing, you'll hear, "Read more than you write," as a very common answer. Reading books both in your preferred genre and outside of your regular reading picks will open your eyes to new writing techniques or plotlines you may want to explore in future projects. You can always learn more about improving your craft and reading the works of fellow authors will help keep you on-trend and in the know about what others are writing.

Increase Your Visibility on Social Media

While it may seem like people are trying to take a step back from social media in the new year, as an author it's important to be present on your selected platforms. If you've yet to start your social media fanbase or you've amassed a loyal audience already, make 2020 the year that you grow your readership through apps like Instagram, Twitter and Facebook. Keep your readers up to date on the process of your upcoming book and share snippets of your everyday life so they can get to know you better. 

Set yourself modest goals for social media (i.e. Getting to a certain number of followers on Instagram) and work towards them in 2020. If you need more tips on how to up your Instagram game in 2020, check out our article on how to create a feed that will stand out to readers.

Giving Yourself Permission to Write "Badly"

Nobody's first draft is ever perfect and most times isn't even good! When you accept that your writing will be "bad" before it gets good, you'll begin to write with more ease and less pressure. There's an editing stage for a reason and if you give yourself permission to write badly, you'll find your process becomes a whole lot easier. Get the words on the page and return to it later when you're ready to tackle your edits.

Spend Some Time Away from Your Computer

As important as it is to spend time at your computer and get the words onto the page, it's crucial for writers to spend time living life and experiencing new things. It's so easy to get burned out and let the defeat of writer's block keep you from hitting your writing goals. When you feel overwhelmed and unable to write anymore, don't be afraid to step away from the desk and spend time doing things that will help increase your creative energy. Taking a walk, binging a new TV show on Netflix, spending dinner with your loved ones or basking in the activities you love most will do wonders in keeping your creative well from drying out.

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Comments
  • Marsha Mildon

    I especially like 'permission to write badly'. Whenever I'm having trouble with writing something, I remind myself to "write it badly first!" It's a great help with avoiding writer's block and also prepares me for the revisions later.