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Time Honored tips for Writers

To Have Their Best Year Ever


Irene S. Roth


Copyright 2017 Irene S. Roth


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TABLE OF CONTENTS



Introduction


Tip 1: Honestly Take Stock of Your Past Year

Tip 2: Determine Your Long-Term Writing Goals

Tip 3: Plan your Week’s Writing Goals Ahead of Time

Tip 4: Organize Your Writing Projects Ahead of Time

Tip 5: Declutter your Day

Tip 6: Divide Your Day into Time Slots

Tip 7: Prioritize Your Projects

Tip 8: Determine When You’re Most Productive

Tip 9: Distinguish Between Urgent and Nonurgent Projects

Tip 10: Delegate

Tip 11: Focus on Quality Not Quantity When Writing

Tip 12: Set Time-Sensitive Goals

Tip 13: Learn to Follow-Through

Tip 14: Carve Out a Consistent Time to Write

Tip 15: Develop Discipline

Tip 16: Develop Persistence

Tip 17: Create an Inspiring Writing Space

Tip 18: Consistently Complete Your Writing Projects


Conclusion

About the Author

Introduction



Every new year, most writers make extensive plans to have the best writing year. We all believe that this year will be better than the previous one. But what are we actually doing to prepare right now to have that best year next year?


If we expect things to be different, and yet we keep doing the same things we did year after year and we weren’t successful, we need to change how we do things. Otherwise, nothing will change.


In this e-book, I will outline some of the most important tips to be a successful writer. After writing over 50 e-books, I can tell you that writing isn’t inherently hard. You just must write consistently to write a lot and to be successful.


Also, what you do each day has to lead to success in the long-run. If it doesn’t, you must stop doing what you’re doing and try to do something different.


So, are you ready to be amazed and inspired? Are you ready to take your writing career to the next level?


If you are, stay tuned, and turn the page. And don’t forget to make yourself a cup of coffee! You will need it!

Tip 1: Honestly Take Stock of Your Past Year



Following-through can help a writer be a lot more in control of her writing career and projects.


Most writers don’t properly assess how they are progressing with their writing goals at the beginning of the year. They simply fumble back and forth. But unless a writer accurately assesses where she is in her writing career, she won’t be able to make the requisite changes to become a better and more successful writer.


Therefore, bearing this in mind, there are many ways to take stock of your writing career and ensure that you have the best possible year next year. Here are a few things to consider:


1. Know what your three main writing goals are for the year and write them down above your writing station in your office. I will say more about how to set your writing goals in the next tip.


2. Assess how you are doing frequently. You may want to take stock every week or every other week. Never go more than a month without assessing how you are progressing towards completing them.


3. If things are not going well, take the time to revise your writing goals so that you can get more done. Perhaps you are doing too much or too little. Play around with the times you write and try to determine precisely how long each writing projects will take to complete.


4. Determine if you are completing your projects on time. This may take a bit of stepping back and assessing, but it is worth it. Be honest! If you’re not completing your projects in the time you thought you would on a habitual basis, your writing goals are not being completed in a timely manner. So, it is time to do something different—perhaps even VERY different.


By following the tips outlined in this e-book, you will become a much more successful writer. A writer who faces the truth and is honest can improve and grow.

Tip 2: Determine Your Long-Term Writing Goals



There is nothing more important for a writer than becoming aware of your long and short-term writing goals. It will become the roadmap for your writing career. And like a good map, your long-term writing goals will show you where you are and where you want to get to and how to get there step-by-step.


Most writers are only aware of their short-term writing goals. They know that they want to write a book or novel, and they even set small goals that are necessary to achieve those small short-term goals to write their books. However, how many of you have a long-term writing goal or goals and a vision for your writing career? If you don’t have either of these, you are merely floundering around in the dark.


One of the best ways to become a successful writer is to get into the habit of determining your three long-term writing goals at the beginning of a new year. In other words, you should decide which writing goals you should complete in the next three to six months? For instance:


• Do you want to become a published book author? OR

• Do you want to publish a few articles? OR

• Do you want to make enough money from your blogs to be able to become a full-time writer?


To accurately determine your long-term goals will take some honest reflection.


Take as much time as you need to reflect on your choices at this point because you don’t want to focus on the wrong goals. It is best to spend a week or two reflecting on this question. Once you decide on your 3 main writing goals, you should prioritize them and choose which ones to commit to over the next months and weeks. However, be as specific as possible when setting your goals.


Once you’ve determined your long-term goals, you could easily determine the short-term goals you need to achieve these three long-term goals. For instance, you should ask yourselves what part of your main writing goal you’d like to accomplish this week to bring you closer to completing one of your long-term goals. Once you determine your next steps, you should write them down in your weekly planner.


Once these goals are written down for the week, you should tack the sheet above your workstation or computer. This will take the guess work out of what you should be working on when you sit down to write. But more importantly, you will be focusing on the most important goals and writing projects every day. And there is no better recipe for success.

Tip 3: Plan Your Week’s Writing Goals Ahead of Time



There are many benefits to determining your main writing goals ahead of time every week. For one thing, having your goals laid out beforehand will help you not waste time when you sit down to write. Even a small amount of progress can create the momentum you need to become a focused and successful writer. Regardless of the outcome, you’ll be able to plan your writing goals for optimal efficiency. Once you open your eyes to what you can achieve in your writing, you’ll be able to see all the possibilities at a glance.


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