Writing Strategy

“It is never too late to start doing your New Year’s Resolutions. Just because you didn’t start them on January 1, doesn’t mean these objectives weren’t good objectives, or that you shouldn’t work on them… Chances are you will find lots of solid goals to start working on. Better late than never is a great thing to keep in mind at times like this.”
Edward W. Smith, One Minute Motivator

There are tons of posts crowding my email and clamoring for attention. But one daily email I always pop open is Ed Smith’s One Minute Motivator (brightmoment.com) This bit of wisdom is free and always brightens my day. Ed is a motivational speaker and the author of Sixty Seconds to Success, which I plan to check out soon.

Ed’s idea about getting your New Year Resolutions back on track struck a chord today because a fellow writer, Joe Owens (Joe’s Musings, joeowensblog.wordpress.com), wrote a comment on my blog. I just love receiving feedback from my blog readers! In his note, Joe said that he enjoyed my post Contest Cornucopia, because “part of my writing strategy this year is to find and enter contests.”

Joe’s phrase, “writing strategy” caught my eye. Thinking strategically about our writing and what we want to accomplish sounds like a smart and fruitful idea, doesn’t it? And yet so often, to be honest, I’m not all strategic when it comes to my writing life. One reason may be that “strategy” is one of those business buzzwords that’s a holdover from my corporate marketing days and so I’m a bit resistant about importing it into my creative universe. Think I need to get over this!

Here’s a good working definition of the word “strategy” from The Compact Oxford Dictionary: “a plan designed to achieve a particular long-term aim.” Now this sounds totally applicable to my writing. Certainly in order to get my YA novel out into the marketplace, I’m going to need a plan for acquiring an agent and one for marketing.

So, as one of our “it’s-never-too-late” New Year’s Resolutions, just as Joe is doing, let’s start thinking in a more focused, strategic way about what we want to achieve over the next 12 months. What do we need to do to write dangerously, put ourselves out there, get to the next level in our craft, get into print? Whatever it is, let’s set an intention as Joe did and make steady progress toward it every day. Write on!

About karinwritesdangerously

I am a writer and this is a motivational blog designed to help both writers and aspiring writers to push to the next level. Key themes are peak performance, passion, overcoming writing roadblocks, juicing up your creativity, and the joys of writing.
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2 Responses to Writing Strategy

  1. Joe Owens says:

    Wow, what I said struck a chord. I hope the chord was not dissonant! As a matter of fact karin I found several great opportunities to get started after I read your post. I even started a page to track my entries and submissions into contests and to possible publications. You were the answer I was looking for and the impetus for my renewed campaign to becdome relevant in the world of writing in 2013.

    Someone else in a Daily Prompt from Quote Me published something to the effect of “Just DO it! For too long I have said “Soon I will start.” Yesterday suddenly became soon after I saw your post. DO not think your writing does not matter, because it did for me. Thanks for using me in your post!

    • Hi Joe,

      Thank you for your wonderful note — your kind words mean so much to me! I am thrilled to hear that something you found in my post inspired you to take action on the writing front — that is exactly why I started my blog. We all need encouragement, support, and ideas to get to the next level. I look forward to sharing mine and learning from you as well.

      Thanks again for getting my 2013 off to a great start! Wishing you every success with your writing — please keep me posted on your progress. Hope you’ll check in again soon.

      Write on, Karin

      > Date: Sat, 5 Jan 2013 12:10:34 +0000 > To: kmja_w@hotmail.com >

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