2019 Writing Resolutions You'll Actually Stick To (+ My Goals for the New Year)

A common new year resolution I see for writers is to “write a novel.” There’s nothing inherently wrong about this, and it can often be the kick in the butt every writer needs to finally finish the draft they’ve been ignoring for years. But as someone who has set that goal many times and not achieved it, I wanted to suggest a few other types of goals that can help you still achieve your writing dreams without letting yourself down.

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How to Uncover Your Character’s Motivation

Without knowing character motivation, the actions behind the decisions of characters becomes meaningless, if not completely boring. Yes, the premise of someone quitting her job to travel across the country—and live uncharacteristically like a hippy—is interesting, but if you were to watch that movie or read that book and never discover why she decided she needed to take a cross-country road trip, you’d likely be pretty upset.

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How to Edit Your Short Story

Finishing a short story is one of the most exciting things a storyteller can experience. Often this is achieved in a short time, so you still have the rush of excitement and enthusiasm for your work that writing a novel may not permit. For that reason, you may be eager to start editing your story as soon as possible, but not know where to begin.

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6 Story Outline Techniques for Writers

When you have a story idea in mind, there can be nothing more exciting. There is so much possibility ahead, so many different ways you can envision your story coming together, that it can be difficult to sit down and outline the story, especially if you don't like traditional outlining.

That's why learning different outlining techniques are important. Quickly you'll learn that you don't need to follow a structure to outline your story, but can mix and match other techniques to find the best outlining method for you.

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How to Write a 10-Minute Play

If you're new to playwriting and want to practice playwriting, there is no better way than to learn how to write a 10-minute play. Not only is the piece short and sweet, but it makes it easy to practice over and over without wasting time. You can feel free to make errors, write dumb lines of dialogue, and tell a story that makes no sense all at the cost of 10 pages or so. (If that seems like a lot to you, remember that play pages are much shorter than fiction pages.)

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