10 New Year’s Resolutions for Writers

2016
Happy New Year!

I’m not usually big on resolutions

Have you broken your New Year’s resolutions yet? It’s been three days and I’m doing great! Sorry to gloat, but this—as Joe Biden would say—is a big f***ing deal for me. I generally break mine immediately, so most years I don’t bother to make any.

Last week, though, a blood test revealed the need for me to lower my sugar, so I’ve been eating healthy meals, rather than my preferred potatoes, rice, doughnuts, waffles and muffins. Hubby brought a lovely cantaloupe home from Acme today, so I have that to look forward to for breakfast tomorrow.

I usually crave candy in the evening, but last night I covered my ears to that box of Christmas truffles calling to me and washed a handful of blueberries instead. They were remarkably satisfying, some squashy and others firm, but all deliciously sweet. And I sucked them in them one by one, drawing out the pleasure, just as I would have with peanut butter M&Ms (OMG, why did I just remind myself of those?!).

Food is my addiction. I can’t remember the last time I stuck to a meal plan for a single day. But dieting is a day on the beach compared to making writing resolutions. I break out into a cold sweat and come seriously close to a Breyers mint chocolate chip binge.

 

Writing resolutions are slippery creatures

Why is it so hard for writers to write? We want to write. Love to write. Need to write. So why do we find so many excuses to get out of actually cranking out words?  Continue reading 10 New Year’s Resolutions for Writers

Guide to Writing Competitions, Literary Agents & More | Poets & Writers

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Swan at Millrace                                                                       photo: Everett Robinson/all rights reserved

My Dear Writers,

I’m taking the holiday weekend off and not writing a blog post today. Instead, I’d like to point you to a great resource. Poets & Writers online is packed full of information for creative writers. The page I’m referring you to, Tools for Writers, links you to the following:

  • Literary Journals and Magazines
  • Small Presses
  • Conferences and Residencies
  • Writing Prompts and Exercises
  • Literary Agents
  • Literary Places
  • Book Review Outlets
  • Poets & Writers Guides (handbooks)
  • Top Topics for Writers (articles)
  • Grants & Awards
  • MFA Programs
  • Jobs for Writers

Oh, and you can also access the magazine… 🙂

Is this a treasure trove, or what?

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I hope you’ve also noticed–and clicked!–the link to my new Creative Power Writing Facebook page in the left-hand column. Through it, I’ll be regularly connecting you with great sites like Poets & Writers, inspirational quotations, writing prompts, invaluable tips and articles, contests, best writing books, and more!

Enjoy.

See you next week. In the meantime, get something published.