I personally love setting a New Year’s resolution. It usually goes something like this…First, find more time to read for pleasure, not just for work. Second, get organized so that I can accomplish my first goal.
As I talk to my friends and co-workers about their resolutions, I find that there are certain universal truths. Here are the ones that I find are particularly applicable to writers.
1. If you want something done, ask a busy person.
2. Dream big and don’t say, “I can’t.”
3. Trust in your ability to learn, but rely on others.
We’re all busy. But how often have you read a writer’s success story and marveled at how they cranked out a book at some ungodly hour before going off to their day job? Busy people know how to cram more into their day and work smarter. You want to write a book? You say you don’t have time? Start with one page. Now write. Every day. And when someone asks how you do it? Tell them that you make time for your writing because it’s important to you.
This brings me to my second point. You can become one of those successful, busy people. What is your dream? It doesn’t matter how hard it is to reach. Just stretch, climb, and fight for it. Even if you don’t reach best-seller status, you’re a lot closer than if you hadn’t tried. Remember point #1 above? You’re writing every day and pretty soon, you’ve created a book, a marketing plan, a dream.
Now what if you know the beginning of your story, but not the end? What if you know that there is a world of book bloggers out there, but you don’t know any personally? Research is your friend. Read books by authors you admire. A good writer is also an avid reader. As for marketing, there is a wealth of information available. Familiarize yourself so that you can hire your support wisely. When writers come to Evatopia for help, I always admire the ones who know what challenges they face and come to us for help.
So set your resolutions and approach 2014 with a smart, I-can-do-anything attitude.