Kick Start the New Year!

Out with the old and in with the new... it's not just a cliche. If you are a professional writer than this should be your mantra for getting ready for 2010. It can't be said enough that in order to be treated as a professional we must first treat ourselves as professionals. I've been in this business long enough to know that I can't expect someone else to push me if I want to accomplish my goals. I need to do it myself. No one else can put my butt in the chair and no one else can make my fingers hit the keyboard. I need to do that myself.

Accept it...
It's about more than making resolutions and goals. We need to be able to put practices in place that show that we are actively pursuing a publishing career. It's not enough to say that I want to be published. I must say how I am going to accomplish it.

I will write 1,000 words a day.
I will log it on a daily log sheet.
If I miss a day I will go forward and not quit. But I will hold myself accountable by showing that I didn't acomplish what I'd promised myself.

I use this word a lot, both in my day job and my writing. As I said before it's not enough to wish. If you don't do the work then you only have yourself to blame. I may not always write every day (today was a good example). But I always do something that moves my career forward. Today, it was a day of organization. I organized all those wayward receipts and put them into the log that I use for tax purposes. This is the first time ever that I've had all my writing receipts logged before the end of the New Year. It feels good. I could beat myself up for not writing, but I did do something that contributes to my treating myself as a professional. In any job there are those days when the drudgery involves endless paperwork (scheduling, yuck) and you would rather be doing the fun stuff. Still, without it the wheels would not keep turning and we would only resent the fact that we had gotten behind or missed something.

So, for my first suggestion on Kick Start your New Year I want to know what you are going to do that will change how you treat yourself as a professional? I'd like to hear it...


JIllian Hallowell said...

Very good advice. I especially enjoyed the elf dancing on the sidelines. I'm off to write.


Morgan Mandel said...

My problem is I always say I'll write after I get this project done or that one. There's always something that stands in the way. I'll have to put writing first instead.

Morgan Mandel

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