With New Year’s drawing near, a lot of people are preparing their New Year’s resolutions. Which makes sense, because most people want to start the New Year right. And a resolution is a great way for us to show our resolve to be better in most aspects of our lives.
So if you are a writer, it also makes sense that you make New Year’s resolutions. That way, you can start the year with a whole new resolve to be an even better writer.
Here are 5 New Year’s Resolutions every writer should make:
- Read more books
Being a writer usually entails you to be a wide reader as well. This is because the more books you read, the more topics you are knowledgeable about. And the more knowledgeable you are, the more multifaceted and interesting your work will be.
So for this New Year, make a resolution to read more books. And don’t just read books from genres that you are familiar with. Instead, try to read books in multiple genres. If you don’t usually read history, then try to read history.
If you don’t usually read poetry, then try to read more poetry. By reading in a variety of genres, you will be able to broaden your perceptions on writing and become a much more complete writer.
- Join more writing communities
Aside from reading more books, you should also try to expand your reach as a writer. And one way to do that is by joining writing communities. Make it a resolution to be more sociable and join multiple writing communities.
Luckily, there are a myriad of online writing communities to choose from. And seeing as these communities have a lot of members, you will have a lot of potential mentors to get great writing advice from.
These communities also offer very useful and efficient writing tips that will help you improve your writing. All in all, the more writing communities you join the better.
- Create your very own author blog
It is also a good idea to create an author blog of your very own. This is because an author blog is an online platform, and can be used for a variety of reasons. Through an author blog, you can post examples of your work.
These can include excerpts from a book you just wrote, short articles, poems, etc. It is also a great place to reach out to potential readers and slowly build a fan base for yourself.
Having an author blog will also compel you to write more content because the more content your author blog has, the more relevant it will be. In many ways, an author blog is an immensely effective book marketing tool.
- Stay consistent with your writing schedules
Being a writer can be difficult, especially if you are thinking of becoming a professional one. Which is why you should always have a writing schedule to keep your writing sessions in order. But keeping up with a writing schedule is not as easy as you may think.
It would seem ok in the first few weeks. But as time passes, you would make excuses and skip a day or two. And next thing you know, you completely forget about the writing schedule altogether.
This is why you should make staying consistent with your writing schedules a New Year’s resolution. By being more consistent with your writing schedule, you will not only get more writing done, you will also become more disciplined as well.
- Publish a book of your very own
If there is one thing that almost every writer dreams of doing, it is to publish a book of their very own. So if you have yet to publish a book of your own, then why not make it into a New Year’s resolution? This is a great resolution because it is a worthy endeavor and has the potential for you to create a reputation for yourself.
But before you get started on the book publishing process, you should know that it will be a challenge and it will take a great deal of time and resources. But also know that accomplishing this New Year’s resolution is a great privilege and one of the most fulfilling endeavors you could ever take up.