Sunday, January 6, 2019

Writing in the New Year

Close up of a small tree's roots in the woods. The above-ground roots criss-cross
each other and there are leaves, moss and dirt around the roots.

Happy new year! I hope that you had a wonderful holiday season!

As we start a shiny new year, it is a good time to take stock of your goals and think about how you will work towards meeting them.

Overall, think about what you want to write and when you will make time to sit down and accomplish the task. Remember to give yourself time to research (including reading), draft, edit and, if you are interested in publishing, submit. If this first step feels daunting, you might take Dorothy Bendel's online class Balance Your Needs: Launch Your Project in the Time You Have through The Loft.

Maybe you want to read more in the new year. You might start by reading my posts Three Major Questions To Ask When You Read or Read Like a Writer. Andi Cumbo has written an insightful piece for this blog about her personal library.

I will be teaching a memoir writing workshop at Politics & Prose Bookstore in Washington, D.C., this March: Narrative Memoir Workshop (register directly through the bookstore.) I am also available to work with as a writing coach with a couple of new writers starting in early February. You can learn more about my writing coach services here.

For more, here are some earlier posts that you might find helpful as you work on your goals and concrete writing plans for 2019:
New Year & Improved Writing Goals
First Day of School and Patterns
Happy New Year! Ok, Now It Is Time to Write
Happy New Year! Setting Writing Goals

I have worked to collect resources for writers, locally and virtually, on this blog. If you are looking for something in particular or hoping to learn something new, you might start by scrolling down the right side of this blog for outside links to resources such as Selected DC Area Resources, Literary Journals Focused on Health.

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