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Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Pen In Hand Writing Resolutions

How are your writing goals and resolutions going so far this year? Is it time to take the pen in hand (or keyboard to fingertips) and get to it? Or are things moving along as planned?

The Winter 2013 issue of Pen In Hand features my article, “Write Yourself a Lucky 2013,” in which I give some advice on keeping your resolutions attainable. Here’s a sample from the story.

“The important thing to remember when it comes to setting your goals and resolutions for the new year is to keep them within your control. I don't mean to limit yourself to what you hope to accomplish -- we should all strive to reach further and to break barriers. What I mean is that we should define our goals and resolutions in a way that is within our own immediate control.”

For example, resolve to write a certain number of pages each month, not to “finish a novel.” Resolve to keep submitting to agents, not to “get an agent.” Concrete goals that are within your control will allow you to be the one who makes or breaks them.

Read the article—and many other great material—in the latest issue of the Maryland Writers’ Association’s Pen In Hand.


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