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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 Have the Most Productive Writing Week of Your Life

Without a doubt, the number one thing I hear discussed amongst writers is the question of how to be productive. I get emails about this constantly. “How do I keep writing?” “How do I finish my novel?”

The answer to these questions has never been a satisfactory one. I always just tell people the age-old adage that if they want to be a novelist or a screenwriter, the one and only thing they need to do is write.

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How to Create Your Ideal Writing Life

The notion of creating an ideal writing life as an unknown storyteller is something that at first feels incredibly far off.

This is because you more than likely aren’t being paid for your stories, which means other things such as work or family are interrupting what could have been a full day of nonstop writing.

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Why Writers Don't Need a New Year's Resolution

Every year people set New Year's resolutions. Maybe it's to eat healthier, to be a better person, or even more specifically, to drink eight glasses of water a day. And if you're a writer, you've more than likely made the "write more" resolution before, or even the more seemingly specific resolution to finish your novel or screenplay. You might have even made a similar resolution four days ago.

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How to Discover Brand-New Story Ideas

In the writing sphere, there's a lot of discussion on how to fix your story or your characters or your plot, but not a lot of discussion on how to find the ideas to tell said stories. Finding an idea can sometimes seem impossible, especially when a teacher or editor is asking for something new.

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How to Create a Writer's Ritual

Having devoted a large portion of my life to tennis, I am quite familiar with the idea of creating a ritual before a match or a serve to help me get into the mindset for the game, and as I began to become more dedicated to writing, I carried that practice over with me. One of the most difficult parts about writing that nobody mentions to you is pure mental perseverance.The truth is, sometimes we really aren't in the mood to write, and that's okay. There are days we feel uninspired or unworthy, and even the most seasoned writers face this challenge. But what matters is how we face that challenge, and what sets us apart is that we choose to overcome this challenge and choose to do so everyday. I have found the best way to do this is with a writer's ritual.

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