It's Time To Re-visit Our New Year Resolutions...

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It's almost February!

Is this year going to fly like the last?


Now that we have the whole New Year thingy over and done with it's time to re-visit our resolutions.

It's around this time of year we all start to loose motivation and forget our new year's writing resolutions. I know I do.

How about you?


How can we stay motivated?


Here's a few quick tips

  • Have a buddy who will keep you on track
  • Make sure your goals are small enough to achieve. If your goal is huge, break it down into smaller more achievable goals
  • Check your progress. Set up a reminder to ask yourself, "How's it going?"
  • Don't be too hard on yourself. Try to remember this goal setting stuff is supposed to be fun and rewarding
  • Remind yourself why you wanted this goal. Check your written goals so you can remind yourself the reason you wanted this goal. If you haven't written a reason yet - Get Writing!
How do you stay motivated?

The Attractor Factor by Joseph G. Vitale Interview...


The Attractor Factor: 5 Easy Steps for Creating Wealth (or Anything Else) From the Inside OutListening to Joseph G. Vitale today. Author of, The Attractor Factor, and many other books, being interviewed on the
Writers FM today.
(A radio by Writers, for Writers). You can listen to this radio by going to http://www.writersfm.com/writersfm/

Must say I hadn't heard of Joseph until today, but glad I have now.

After listening to his interview I'm definitely going to seek out more of his books.  He mentioned lots of other best selling books as well. It was a good source of information for marketing your books, promoting your work and enjoying others works.

Expect MiraclesParticularly interesting was his mention of the waking trance. (I always wondered what it was I did for most of my days; now I know! :))

If you get the time to have a listen. (I hope it remains available on podcast for a while). If you get half as much as I did out of listening to him it will be worth the time taken.

Let me know what you think!

Article Writing - Staying Focused On Your Topic...


Funny for me to be writing this article. I am so NOT the person who stays focussed, but I try...


Staying focussed is a good thing and for those who can do it - it works!

Writers need to stay focused. It is important to pick a topic from all the possible combinations of topics that you could possibly write about and stick with it throughout your piece.


Particularly important when writing articles. Short, sweet, to the point and focusing on one main issue or at the most three issues. Perhaps even one topic with three points. (there I go being tempted to get off topic). 


Readers search articles for an answer. They usually have a  specific question in mind. It's very imporant your article stays focused and gives the searched for answer.


Readers want quick answers. If they are to stay longer, then you have to offer something more that attracts their attention or offers a new perspective or a new idea. Something exciting or different that draws them in.


Crucial part is the article heading or title. You need to pick a subject line or title that encapsulates the exact topic you cover in the article. If you find yourself going off on another tangent then you may also find your reader will go off to another website to find the answer they are looking for.


Reader frustration and disappointment happens because your article promised one thing and delivered another. You presented yet another topic or issue and this was not what the reader was hoping for.


The secret is to stay focused.

Good Luck with that.

Do you have trouble staying focused too?





The Joy Of Writing Or How Much Work Does It Really Take?

The Clan of the Cave Bear
As writers we are under a lot of pressure to provide stories or articles that people want to read. It's our job to figure out what people want. What questions do they need answered? (Now, where did I leave my crystal ball?). Thankfully there are many tools on the internet to help writers with that very question. (These tools will be covered in another post).


It is hard for writers to keep the content flowing, especially if you want to produce a quality read not just some beat-up article to reach a goal set by yourself or someone else. There is a lot of garbage out there today. You only have to look at the amount of sub-contracting that goes on at such sites as freelancer.com to realize a lot of content is really regurgitated dribble; some of it totally nonsensical and unreadable.


The Mammoth HuntersA writer oft admired is Jean M. Auel, however on the downside; she can take up to fourteen or more years to complete a book. Her website is often out of date and the fans voice frustration from the lack of ongoing information about how the next book is coming along, or if in fact it is being written at all. As writers you feel for Jean Auel and her publishers because you understand how long it can take to produce a quality read.


You want your readers to appreciate what you have done and it may take several drafts just to complete half a page. That half a page may have taken hours upon hours or even days or weeks. Every sentence, every punctuation mark and grammatical inference has been studied, read and re-read to make sure points are simple and clear to the reader and that it cannot be misinterpreted to mean something other than what you intended. Reducing words down to the minimum and yet keeping a clear picture and retaining your voice. It's not easy! 

The Valley of HorsesAnyone who has written anything understands how difficult the process can be. Some people give a simple letter to another member of their family to write because they cannot string a sentence together to save themselves!

The type of writing that Jean Auel does is highly researched and cannot easily be sub-contracted out to another writer. Her fans would be devastated if they purchased her latest book only to find that it sounded completely different from her previous work and the research was lacking or unrealistic.

The Plains of PassageMany fans of, Jean M. Auel's, Earth's Children, series wait anxiously for years for Jean's next book and re-read her older books before reading the new release. One fan purchased the entire set of the, Earth Children's, series in hardback to display on her bookshelves. It does look brilliant. But this is the devout enthusiasm that true believers can display.

Writers, be patient with yourself and work on your writing daily. Good writing takes time but be sure, writing a quality piece of work is much more enjoyable for you and the reader than to write some quickly mashed-up string of incoherent words simply to push a product or make an affiliate happy.

Good writing is worth the wait.

The Shelters of Stone (Earth's Children)


Practice the art of writing and be proud of your perfections and tolerant of your imperfections because they too have a purpose.



3 Steps to Setting Your New Year’s Writing Resolutions

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Whether you are a professional writer or enjoy writing as a hobby, your writing success depends on your ability to set realistic and achievable writing goals.


Setting New Year resolutions is a relatively easy task. The hard part is following them through to a successful end. Put your writing first this year and achieve all you want to achieve by using these three easy goal setting tips.


1. Set realistic and achievable writing goals so you can have some measure of success. For example, “I will write 300 words per day every day except Sundays”.


2. Try to add a bit of stretch in your goals but make sure you don’t make the goal impossible. Concentrate on what you can achieve. For example, “Last year I set my goal at 200 words per day and achieved it so this year I am aiming for 300 words per day”.


3. Factor in a reward for effort. Set yourself a target and reward yourself when you reach that goal. For example, “If I write 300 words per day for three months I will reward myself with a ticket to a movie or a new book from the library”. These rewards don’t have to be huge or expensive, just something you would like.


In the past you may have made intentional or accidental resolutions. Some of those resolutions you may have liked but it’s highly likely the majority you didn’t and some of your writing goals just never happened.


Make this year different. Follow the above three steps and make your resolutions enjoyable this year.