As writers there are many skills we must master. There is craft, characterization, marketing, editing, proposals and query letters...and accepting rejection graciously.
It can feel like we are making no forward progress.
Sometimes it is true, sometimes it is because you're basing success on word count.
The best solution is to keep track of what you're actually doing to advance your writing career. Students of my monthly coaching received this already [if you are in my coaching program and didn't receive it, email me and I'll get a copy right over to you.]
If you'd like to write one of your own think about the various aspects of being a writer and rank them in order of importance. Then give each a 'point value'. Determine how many points you'd like to earn each week [or how many points you NEED to earn each week if your on a deadline] and then start working.
It is simple things that reap huge dividends in our writing. Sometimes things as simple as a to-do list or a tracking sheet are enough to give us the accountability we need to move forward.
Don't allow yourself to get discouraged in 2009. Make this the year that you reach your goals.
More importantly, make this the WEEK that you reach a milestone on the path to your goals.
The webinar I'm teaching on Thursday can be accessed here. If you cannot attend, the ProVision Network will be recording the presentation and it will be available for sale at a later date.
I have also posted a poll on my blog. I know most of you read these directly in your email but take the time to give your thoughts on this new feature. Click straight to the blog here.
Tiffany Colter is a writer, speaker and writing career coach who works with beginner to published writers. She can be reached through her website at www.WritingCareerCoach.com
Learn more about Tiffany's Marketing techniques on her main blog.
Read Tiffany's award winning manuscript "A Face in the Shadow" on her fiction blog.
She writes a blog for the Christian writer Tuesdays at Writer's Rest.
Tuesday, January 6, 2009