2019 is going to be an awesome year, I can feel it as if I’ve been hit in the face by a cactus. I’ve been working hard the past year to get where I want to be and exciting things are to happen. Writing is hard enough, so to make things a bit easier I’ve collected 5 tips for you to get started and make 2019 awesome.
Tip One: Make a plan
Before you dive into this new year with resolutions–which is just a fancy term for wishful thinking–strap on your favourite helmet and make some jam! No, wait, my cat is reading out my notes wrong, make a PLAN. It has to be in all capitals or it doesn’t count. Decide on what you want to achieve, preferably also in what way, and figure out what you need in order to do that. PLAN accordingly. Yes, this means that some research will have to be done, whether it’s about a writer’s platform, independent publishers, literary agents, etc. The next blog post will cover good sources.
Tip 2: Set achievable goals
Have you ever seen a platypus fly? No? That’s because they know their limits. Sure, they would love to fly, but it’s not achievable, so why strive for something that will get you nowhere? Same with your goals. Channel your inner platypus and write out goals that you can achieve in whatever time frame. Don’t be afraid to fail. You might realise that the time you thought it would take to get your first thousand followers on Twitter was not realistic. So what? Adjust. Try to have fun. There’s plenty of pressure when you’re a successful author, enjoy the ride while you can and see this as a way to learn how to deal with deadlines.
Tip 3: Manage your expectations
Your plan is one for success, in whatever way you envision that, but try not to envision best-sellers when you do. You might be incredibly disappointed and in turn, demotivated and then where will you be? Have a realistic end goal and make sure it’s easy for you to measure the small steps in between. It’s good to know you’re on the right track and to SEE the progress. This can be in the form of Twitter followers, blog visitors, or courses you’ve taken.
Tip 4: Be patient
The only time I’m patient is when I’m in the hospital. Which I shouldn’t be, but I can be terribly focussed on the end-goal. Yoga helped with that, but I no longer do it. The point is, don’t lose sight of your goals, or yourself, but aim to be consistent and productive in your own way and time. Celebrate victories, whether they’re small or big and have patience. You don’t have to conquer the world in one year. Don’t lose sight of what you want and keep striving to reach the smaller goals.
Tip 5: Friends with benefits
Get your mind out of the gutter! It helps to have friends with similar goals and to share your journeys with each other. Whether it’s positive or negative, having someone go through something similar can be incredibly beneficial. You might learn a thing or two and really, you can never have enough writer friends. We’re all so delightfully weird.
Do you have any tips to add? What did you find helpful to stay focussed on your writing goals?