So often, when I tell people I’m a writer, they’ll look at me, sigh and tell me how they want to write . . . if only.
So I ask you, what’s holding you back from following your dream? Is it time, money, fear? Well the year is young and I want to challenge you to put your if only aside and take a chance on your dream.
Here are some practical steps you can take to get started. You’re already partway there—you’re reading this blog!
- Join a writers group—it can be online, or one that meets nearby. Don’t know where to find one? Check with your local bookstores and libraries. Get a copy of Sally Stuarts Christian Writers Market Guide, she lists groups in the resources section.
- Set some goals—TO WRITE. You can’t be a writer if you don’t sit down and write. The goals can be small, maybe a few hundred words a week. Or set a time goal, spend so many minutes a day writing.
- Make a schedule—I can hear the groaning now and I’m right with you. I HATE schedules—they seem almost anti-creative. But a schedule helped me publish 700+ articles last year. It doesn't have to be a minute by minute schedule, just one that lets you know when to work on what.
- Enlist a friend—preferably one who writes. But anyone will work. When I start a new endeavor I've found I keep my goals when I build in accountability.
If your goal is to write a book this year I have a special announcement for you. My friend and writing partner, Vonda Skelton is launching a new program. Visit her website to see all the details!
Now it’s your turn—share what you want to accomplish in 2011.