2021 is finally here! You’ve popped the champagne, watched the ball drop, and maybe even shared a New Year’s kiss. What now? Odds are, you have a few New Year’s resolutions rattling around your head. But have you considered adding your writing goals to this list?
That’s where we come in.
Writing can be tough. If you’re already working, you might not have the time or motivation to sit down and write the night away. Maybe you don’t know where to start. Whatever you’re going through, Night Heron is here to help!
We’ve compiled a few writing tips that you can incorporate into your New Year’s resolutions. Remember: the more realistic and specific your resolutions, the more likely you are to achieve them. Keep that in mind, and you’ll be a writing machine in no time.
Set a Schedule
Don’t just write whenever the urge strikes you. If you make a comprehensive schedule, you’re more likely to fall into a pattern. A routine will keep you in the writing zone, as well as heighten your productivity. Make use of time management apps such as these to stay on track.
Commit to One Project
Writers often spread themselves thin. While some writers do gain steam when they can switch between stories, multiple projects might mean you’re not invested enough in any one story. Pick one project that you’d really like to make progress on this year. After all, the more you enjoy what you’re writing, the more you’ll be willing to write!
“If you don't have the time to read, you don't have the time or the tools to write.” Let this Stephen King quote encourage you to read more. Reading not only strengthens your writing skills, but also helps you recharge in a productive way. Additionally, this will give you the chance to expose yourself to current trends in the industry and incorporate them into your own novel.
Find a Writing Community
You’ll definitely be more apt to write if you surround yourself with fellow writers, whether it be virtually or in-person. Many writers chat on Twitter or join groups on Facebook. Not only will you make friends, but you’ll find critique partners and mentors as well.
Make Yourself Vulnerable
The more people who critique your writing, the better. You don’t have to take everyone’s advice, but each reader will have a different perspective. Feedback can help you move your story forward in ways you might never imagine on your own.
Set Mini Milestones
Throughout the year, set goals for yourself. For example, you might make a monthly word count you want to hit. This way, you’ll be celebrating mini victories at every step.
Be Kind to Yourself
Writing a novel is no small feat. Remember to take care of yourself and practice self-care. Breaks will recharge you and make writing sessions feel like less of a chore.