• #MondayBlogs,  Discipline

    Forget the Resolution! Are Your Goals SMART Enough For 2018?

    If you are going to set goals for 2018, you need to think SMART!  Unlike goals, promises and resolutions are full of hot air. Those flighty resolutions float through our minds at the fresh, breezy start of January. They usually settle, forgotten in the corners of our minds before that groundhog pokes his head out. But a real, workable, practical, life-changing goals look entirely different. Plans that are still a part of your life in March and April will be SMART. Are Your Goals SMART Enough For 2018? Are they SPECIFIC?  This means you envision tasks that are easy to visualize. For example, In 2018, I want to read more…

  • Motivation

    Summer Bucket Lists For Writers

    I have a bucket list for my kids this summer. Among other things, we’re going to make homemade ice cream, go to Vacation Bible School, go to the library regularly and swim in Grammy’s pool at every opportunity. My bucket list for my life includes spending a month in England, reading 100 books a year, owning waterfront property, and having grandchildren. I’d also like to have a book for sale at Costco, be featured on NPR,  and speak at a writer’s conference. I know for a fact those things aren’ t going to happen this year — but they could in ten years. So I was thinking — what would a…

  • #MondayBlogs,  Discipline,  Inspiration,  Motivation,  Organization

    Top 10 Tricky Things You May Have To Do In Order To Achieve Your Goals

    We can’t be the writer we want to be if we keep doing the things we’ve always done. This is the time self-involved, sensitive writing types, think about how we can make this upcoming year the best ever. Especially if we are participating in Nanowrimo. This is an exciting time of year and it’s also kind of scary. We’re going to have to make some changes. Sigh. This week’s list is the Top Ten Tricky Things You May Have To Do In Order To Achieve Your Goals. 1. You may have to say no to the expectations of others. This is tricky because in the past you may have said…

  • 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…

  • #Top10Tuesday,  Craft,  Work-In-Progress

    #Top10Tuesday Top Ten Questions To Ask Your Beta Readers

    Beta readers are the best! They are an author’s second readers. I’m guessing, and don’t hold me to it, that the alpha reader is the author himself. God knows YOU’VE read your book enough, right? Good writers use beta readers’ opinions to iron out the story’s wrinkles, find out what’s missing and see what the writer doesn’t see. You can use beta readers early in your writing journey, say, after the first draft. Or you can wait several drafts into it and then let trusted people read it.  Either way, you may find it helpful to give them specific questions to answer about your manuscript. Today’s Top 10 Tuesday is this! #Top10Tuesday…