• #Top10Tuesday,  Discipline,  Inspiration,  Motivation

    Six Tricky Things You May Have To Do In Order To Achieve Your Goals In 2018

    This is the time of year when all of us, or at least us self-involved, sensitive writing types, think about how we can make this upcoming year the best ever. This is an exciting time of year and it’s also kind of scary. We can’t be the writer we want to be if we keep doing the things we’ve always done. We’re going to have to make some changes. Sigh.   1. You may have to say no to the expectations of others. Why is this tricky? For better or worse you have invested in relationships. Some of these people around you may not fully understand your need to write.…

  • Discipline,  Inspiration,  Motivation

    How Decisive Action Can Change Your Year (Like It Did Mine)

    It’s January, so I’m starting over. My year is fresh and clean like a New England snow storm. Perhaps this is the year I’ll be a millionaire, or a size 4, or hit the NYT Best Seller List. Or maybe I’ll just make some great decisions. This article from Writer’s Digest inspired me to think about how the accomplishment of goals. Sometimes resolutions, dreams or wishes are shape shifters and we’re not sure if they are real or imaginary. Goals like “to be a famous writer” is vague and frustrating and undefinable. How do we know we’ll achieve something in June if when can’t make up our mind what we want…

  • Discipline,  Motivation

    Ditch Resolutions for the New Year and Create Some Goals and Objectives for Your Writing A Guest Post By Gail Gauthier

    Every Thursday, this blog features guest posts from members of our 10 Minute Novelists community. Today we welcome Gail Gauthier. Kelly McGonigal says in The Willpower Instinct that we tend to be optimistic about the future and what we’ll do then. That is certainly true of how many of us feel on January 1st of any year. All we have to do is resolve to behave differently or to get things done during these future months, and we believe it will happen. Yet New Year’s resolutions are notorious for not producing results and even being forgotten long before winter is over. Resolutions Are Not Goals Resolutions don’t provide resolvers with…

  • #InspirationWeekend,  Inspiration

    Resolving to Change in the New Year – Again and Again

    Carolyn Astfalk, a 10 Minute Novelist, greets us this New Year with some wise words.  Our lives are marked by repetitive cycles: hours in the day, days of the week, months of the year, seasons, holidays, and anniversaries. Routine provides structure and comfort. It can increase productivity and satisfaction. It can also provide complacency. Or the opportunity to start over. Again, and again, and again. OUR DAYS ARE NUMBERED The older I get, the more conscious I am that our beginnings are numbered. I may not have all the time that I think I have. The Bible reminds us, “Therefore, stay awake, for you know neither the day nor the…