We're all to all familiar with making New Years Resolutions. I've made many in the past - some lofty and some little in almost every area of my life. Filled with good intentions, I sometimes manage to overwhelm myself into inactivity by the length of my list. This year, I'm going to choose just a couple of resolutions for each important part of my life and accomplish them quarterly. But first things first, the brainstorm:
1. Write more
2. Read more picture books
3. Read more chapter books
4. Finish 2 unfinished manuscripts
5. Join a genre specific critique group
6. Find 2 great critique buddies
7. Attend a writers course or workshop
8. Attend a writers conference
9. Attend a writers retreat
10. Brainstorm a list of story ideas
11. Submit my strongest manuscript to agent X
12. Submit my strongest manuscript to publisher X
13. Re-write my weakest manuscript from a different point-of-view
14. Pause to pay more attention to what kids are saying and doing
15. Visit the library more
16. Visit the kids' section of the book store more
My top 2 picks for 2017 happen to be #1 and #7!
1. Write more: Write on Mondays and Wednesdays 9:00am-10:30am beginning January 2nd
7. Attend a writer's course or workshop: By March 31st, here's the course I'm going to attend. It just happens to be one of Mira's, How To Self-Publish With Crowdfunding
If I can accomplish these two goals in the first quarter of the year, first I'll celebrate with a slice of chocolate cake! Then, I'll choose two new goals from the list for the second quarter.
What are your writer's resolutions for for 2017?
Carol Higgins-Lawrence wrote her first story at the age of five. Her father paid her a quarter for it and she's been writing ever since. She's taken a variety of courses in writing for children. Multicultural perspectives are of particular interest to her. Carol is of Jamaican descent and was born and raised in Canada. She has a BA in Communications and Sociology and she has completed coursework towards a MA in TESOL. She has worked as a literacy educator for the past 15 years. She currently lives in Brooklyn, NY with her husband and two young children. You can visit her website at carolhl.weebly.com
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