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Happy New Year

New Year is a good time to clear clutter and decide what you would like more of in your life.

It is also a good time to re-evaluate your writing goals and take positive steps towards achieving them. I usually begin the year by creating a Vision Board. This includes words and pictures that may represent projects I am working on or ideas that are bubbling away under the surface. (If you don’t have space to display this on a wall or door, then this idea can work equally well in a scrap book.)

Ask yourself three questions:

  1. What would you most like to achieve with your writing this year?
  2. Why do you want this?
  3. What will be the benefit to you and others of achieving this?

If you have a personal connection to a novel you are working on then you are more likely to complete it successfully. For instance, the main character in my second novel ‘The Yellow Silk Dress’ was based on a girl I knew at school. I’d always wondered what happened to her – so I invented something for her!

Make this the year you stretch yourself a little. Say ‘yes’ to new opportunities. Aim for progress, not perfection!

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