It’s inescapable to think of goals or resolutions as the New Year is knocking at the door. Don’t be intimidated even if you’re not a goal-setting person.

Looking at it as a new beginning or another chance might help. Imagine all your previous failures erased, and focus on what’s ahead.

Every year, you’re given the opportunity to make a fresh start. There are many directions that can be taken: continue walking the same road, give yourself a fresh start, make complete changes or do something completely different.

The choice is yours – individual and personal.

Photo by puuikibeach

Photo by puuikibeach

Rather than pressure, these yearly stops are a break, a chance to catch a breath and glimpse both outward (what you’ve achieved) and inward (personal transformation).

Here are just a few suggestions that you can use when working on your personal writing goals for 2013:

1. Make a writing plan

A plan helps with the visualization of what you want to achieve and enhances the execution by careful step-by-step methods. It can be as detailed and comprehensive as you want, but writing it down will provide a guide.

2. Collect your notes

The notes you’ve been writing here and there on small pieces of paper, on napkins in cafes and restaurants, all those thoughts that came out of nowhere and you graciously wrote down before the moment was over, are your treasure.

Why not make an ideas box with those snippets of wisdom and momentary clarity? These thoughts can easily strike a chord when looking for writing inspiration throughout the year.

3. Start new habits

Any new habit needs an investment of time, so whatever it is that you want to start this year, make sure to pack yourself with patience and perseverance. If you want to write every day, set a time for it.

The important thing to remember is not to start too many habits at once. Successfully implementing one in your daily life is quite enough and definitely worth much more than ambitiously starting plenty that won’t stick for long.

4. Experiment

Working on a particular project will undeniably produce results over time. However, experimenting is never a bad idea for many reasons. While working on different techniques, styles, genres, types of characters, POVs, lengths and creative outlets, you may tap into an undiscovered talent.

If you don’t try, how will you know where you belong and what’s most suitable for you? Another good reason for experimenting would be finding inspiration in multiple sources by opening up to various challenges.

5. Prioritize

The main reason why resolutions don’t get actualized is unrealistic expectations. If you want to avoid this, make sure to make one project/goal your top priority, so even if everything else fails your utmost writing goal will see the light of day, escaping the trap of starting multiple projects without finishing a single one.

What are your writing goals for 2013? Are you working on a plan?

PRACTICE

Write down your brief writing plan for 2013 (you can expand on it later). Then imagine you have achieved it, and write a few sentences on how this will make you feel. You can keep this with you through the year and read it in moments when you’re feeling stuck and uninspired.

Happy New Year and happy new beginnings to all of you, dear Write Practice practitioners.

Joe Bunting
Joe Bunting
Joe Bunting is a writer and entrepreneur. He is the author of the #1 Amazon Bestseller Let's Write a Short Story! and the co-founder of Story Cartel. You can follow him on Twitter (@joebunting).