by Edie Melson
6 steps to help determine the direction yourwriting takes in 2014 – via @EdieMelson (Click to Tweet)
I can’t help it. The time between Christmas and New Years is—at least in my mind—no man’s land. It’s a time filled with clean up, hurry up and wait up. In many ways it’s the lull before the storm.
January is when I hit the ground running, determined to start things off right. One of the reasons I’m able to do that is because I do some re-evaluating during this week. I always ask myself one question. Where does your writing go from here?
The answer is tied to several things, the one word I choose to define my year (look for that post soon). My past successes this year, and where my passion is leading me.
Don’t get me wrong on the passion part. I can—and often do—write for money. But even that feeds my passion. It may support the conferences I want to attend, gives me the financial freedom to pursue my dream, and even helps build my platform as a writer.
Today I want to concentrate on how I go about finding the direction for my year.
Finish Well. Yes, I start with this. I begin by tying up the loose ends from the year. I make plans to fulfill commitments and get things cleared out so I can begin working toward this year’s goals.
Pinpoint my Passion. What ignites my writing fire? Is it novels, non-fiction, blogging, a combination? I prayerfully consider all my options and decide where I want to go in 2014.
Set Some Goals. I write down my goals and begin to look at the timeline to achieve them. Then I make some plans.
Keep an Open Mind. I want to keep moving forward, but I don’t want to develop tunnel vision. I will evaluate all the opportunities that arise, but only take the ones that make sense.
Choose Joy. I have the power to choose my attitude. Sometimes it’s a struggle, but I can choose joy over complaints.
Relish the Relationships. One thing I’ve learned is that relationships are the most important things in my life. I’ll be making those a priority, no matter what else I choose.
These are the things I do to start the year off right. What are some of the things you do? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.
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Where Does Your Writing Go From Here – some ideas to helpyou start 2014 off strong. (Click to Tweet)