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New Goal, New Dream, New Year.

I’m a dreamer. I’m a planner. And I’m not the only one.

As a writer and someone interested in the therapeutic benefits, I can tell you this: writing down your goals makes them real. However, spending time THINKING about these goals is more important. Pick something that means something to you. Something that will change your life, that will stretch you but not break you.

I have a terrible habit of picking a hundred things I want to do. Or I pick a goal, but don’t plan HOW I’m going to get there. Achieving our dreams is a process that includes planning, thinking, visualising and DOING.

For example, I’m sitting here thinking: I want to have four more books out next year. That’s entirely possible. But I’m sitting here thinking about that instead of editing the book that would be the first out of those four. There is a time for dreaming and a time for doing.

Use these next couple of days wisely- think about what you want from 2015, but more than that, think about what you can do TODAY to make those dreams possible! Every journey starts with a step, yes, but it also is continued by steps every day, and there’s usually a map and a general sense of direction! Get together your tool kit for 2015, what’s going to help you on your journey?

My aims for 2015:

-To have four new novels out

-To get to grips with vlogging, podcasts and other active forms of social media

-To continue on my healthy journey, and explore how creativity can promote health

-To make more money from the work that I do, working smart instead of just working hard

-To find adventures and explore every day

 

Some of these are personal, some are professional, but all can be achieved with a plan and a little time each day to consider whether what I’m doing is taking me towards where I want to be. In my toolkit, I’ll need motivation, the support of friends and family, a work ethic, a dozen reminders of my goals, and an understanding of what my success will look like.

How will you know if you’ve achieved your goals? How can you tell what your doing is working? Think of a plane’s trajectory- the smallest change in direction at the beginning of a journey can be all the difference at the end of it.

Go slow, go steady, and get excited.

Wishing you a creative and fruitful New Year.

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Writerly Resolutions for 2013

Hey there writers, readers and general people of the web-verse.

Happy 2013! I hope your resolutions are achievable and your will power is strong.

Here are a few of my writerly resolutions for the coming year. I’ve been looking at twitter, and everyone all over the place seems to intend to read more! Not a bad idea. There’s a strange level of disappointment in yourself when you haven’t read all the books everyone else has read, or whatever seems to be in vogue or is being made into a film. What books are you guys looking forward to reading this year?

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1. Learning to Love E-Books

This has been easier than anticipated. Since fighting violently against the e-book market, and denying that e-readers are at all a positive thing, I have got a kindle. And boy, I love it! I especially get very excited by scanning Amazon for books (as I did before) and then getting them automatically! Instantaneous reading excitement! It’s also very likely that when my book goes into publication, it will be as an e-book. So I want to convert as many people as possible. Plus, now I have more room in my bag when travelling!

I’m currently reading Mhairi McFarlane’s You Had Me At Hello, which has all the things I love, including sarcasm, snarkiness, nostalgia and a pretty boy. It’s also the closest thing I’ve found to my second novel The Last Word, so that’s comforting.

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2. Blogging the Crap out of Everything.

Whilst some people are probably sick to death of everything I say on this blog (please see comments on previous post for example, ha ha) blogging is how you get yourself known, and as countless SEO experts have said, it’s bloody important. I’ve been keeping up with my writing, reading and…no, not so much with the maths, but have been so busy doing it that I haven’t been blogging about it!

So 2013 will be the year of the blog…hopefully. And I’ll start uploading more samples of my work because when you let people know what you’re up to, you’re kind of obligated to keep going.

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3. Write, not just Type

I’m having a bit of a situation in figuring out physical mediums at the moment. Originally, I always used to write everything in a notebook, or write pages and pages of scraps, and then type once things already appeared to have a definitive form. With my latest project, I started typing from the get-go, and I’m not really sure about it. Also, I like pretty notebooks!

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4. Write Sober

Big fan of Hemmingway’s famous advice, and find it to be particularly useful, but seeing as I’ll be giving up alcohol for January, it’ll be interesting to see whether it’s easier to write when you’re not so foggy from a glass of red. I doubt it. I kind of believe that perception altering experiences are good, and that anything that brings your subconscious bleeting into the conscious in confused, pretty sentences is pretty damn awesome. But, maybe being sober will be a perception altering experience. Or I’ll drink twice the amount of tea.

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5. Believe

I will tell you the absolute truth, the same truth every person who calls themselves an artist and writes a blog, or gives out a business card or talks about their work thinks: I am a fraud. I’m only talking about what I know, and trying to make it sound as if I know exactly what I’m doing, or as if I have any control over who reads my books, who thinks I’m good, and who thinks I’m professional.

But that’s part of the game. I have to call myself a writer. If not, what am I? If I’m not, then how can I legitimately run workshops, give talks, feedback to other writers, edit other people’s work? We are all absolutely playing the part of the life we want, in the hopes that one day we’ll simply stop pretending and be. So I hope that you know that these musings are made delicately, hopefully and without ego. Or rather, just enough ego to appear confident.

And to all my other frauds out there- keep pretending. Most of them don’t know we’re faking it!

I’ll keep you posted about the novel publication, the latest project and all the wonderful things I’ve been reading on my magic electronic reading device!

Have a very happy new year, and keep writing! What are your resolutions this year, writerly, readerly or not? Stick them in the comments box!