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  • Writer's pictureDarren M. Palmer

Writer’s Resolutions Every Author Needs for 2020

It’s about to be 2020, now what? The new year is almost here, why not get a head start on your goals? If one of your goals is to write a book for 2020, instead of New Year’s resolutions, why not create Writer’s Resolutions?

It’s never too soon to begin making an impact! The new year is the perfect opportunity to start fresh and begin something that could help so many people!

And just think about it, your book could help others that could change their lives for generations to come, not just the upcoming year! Let that sink in for just a minute!

But guess what else? It doesn’t have to take 2+ years to write a book… you can actually start promoting and writing NOW and have a book in 30 days!

How will you get that book done? Let’s get back to those Writer’ resolutions…

1. Make Time for Writing

If you want results, you have to… write. But it isn’t that simple, is it? Most people have jobs, kids, chores, and other outside interests that take away from our writing time, and there are only 24 hours in the day.

But the truth is, there’s always time to write. Excuses are easy to make (and there are many responsibilities to which we must attend) but most people have at least one hour of quiet time a day to devote to our writing. If you don’t have an hour, delegate 20 minutes a day! Turn the TV off, put your phone down, close the office or bedroom door and just WRITE!

If you’re able to write even 500 words each day, you’ll have written about 15,000 words in a month. Those are real numbers! The average 120-page book is roughly 20,000 words. It is possible to get it done!

2. Step Outside Your Comfort Zone

If you are a first-time author, the writing world is unfamiliar to you. And that’s okay! You will need to get out of your comfort zone to avoid stagnation. Experiment with different writing styles. Read books and content you wouldn’t typically read.

You don’t have to be a great writer to become an author, but you will need to practice the skill of writing so you can deliver a message that will reach the masses.

3. Stop Procrastinating

There are lots of ways to conquer writer’s procrastination. Before you let it eat away your productivity, figure out why you do it, and then get over it. Every day that you don’t write is another missed opportunity.

Don’t think you have to have the perfect rough draft because you don’t! You simply need to make an effort to share your story! It’s that easy and it’s that hard. You’ve already spent too much time sitting on your ideas. Now it’s time to get to writing.

4. Improve Your Vocabulary

Work on improving your vocabulary. Descriptive words will enhance your work and help convey your message! To begin, make a list of 5–10 words a week and incorporate them into your conversations!

5. Help Others

Focus on others. The book is ultimately for you, but you need to keep the reader in mind. They need to be able to take away from the message you are sharing!

What are their goals, needs, wants, dreams, or fears? What do they need help with?

People love to feel heard and understood. They love being helped even more. Help people who are more (successful, powerful, intelligent, etc.) than you. But also help the people who are even newer than you. There are so many people that haven’t experienced what you’ve gone through. Why not help them by sharing what you went through so they don’t have to go endure it?

So I have to leave you with this:

Who are you going to help this year?

What are some of your writing goals?

How can your story inspire others?

What ways will you hold yourself accountable?

You don’t have to tackle everything all at once. That would ensure failure before you even get the holiday decorations packed away. Just pick one or two that motivate you and then pace yourself so that you spread the effort out over the year.

It is New Year’s Eve so New Year’s Resolutions, AKA “Writer’s Resolutions” are a hot topic right now. These ideas and concepts are supposed to be good for the whole year so there’s no need to freak out if you haven’t accomplished everything by Valentine’s Day; however, it will give you a head start to becoming an author.

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