Jan 1, 2024 | Holiday

 New year,new career path: new year’s resolution planning for aspiring professional writers and authors

Adaptive Press Team

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  It’s that time again, the year is ending and the new year is quickly coming. Bringing with it new opportunities and possibilities.This is the year you go from aspiring to professional writer and author. You’ve hoped, dreamed, and thought about it. Now is the time to take action. This new year’s when everybody is making resolutions, why not use your resolution to set your goals and make your aspirations of being a professional writer and author into  career success. How can you use your new year’s resolution to reach professional writer and author success? What are smart goals and how to make them? What are some examples for professional writers and authors?

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1. How can you use your new year’s resolution to reach professional writer and author success?

A New Year’s resolution by definition is when a person resolves to change or in other words sets their mind to change a behavior or habit in their life. As a professional writer and author you can use this in a variety of ways to further your career. You can resolve to have new writing habits this year. You can change how often you go to events or how you approach those events. It’s a new year! Make it the year that you not only treat your career in a professional manner but the world sees you as a professional writer and author. I know what you’re thinking. New Year’s resolutions don’t last so why would I use this as a foundation for my career this year. Well I will tell you now that’s only half true although a lot of people give up on their New Year’s resolutions by February it’s usually because they’ve made too many resolutions, or their goals or resolutions are just unrealistic. That’s why setting your New Year’s resolutions with smart goals is not only the professional thing to do but the best way to achieve your goals in the new year.

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2. What are smart goals and how do they apply to being a professional writer and author?

SMART is an acronym that stands for specific-measurable-achievable-relevant- time-bound. Using these elements when setting your resolution(goals).

Specific: Be specific. What exactly do you want to accomplish professionally this year? Publish a book or three. Build your email list to 1,000 and your social following to over hundred thousand?

Measurable: Make the goal measurable. Don’t be afraid to add numbers so you can measure the goal. Do just say get more followers or grow my social this year. Set in specific numbers you can measure.

Achievable: Make sure anybody, especially you can achieve the goal. A goal of an email list with 1,000 original emails is possible for any professional writer and author considering there are millions of books lovers out there and great software and tools to manage those emails.

Relevant: Make the resolutions (goals) relevant to you as a professional writer and author. For instance setting a goal of attending 3 author conferences this year in order to build your network as a professional.

Time-Bound:Wrap your goal around a specific amount of time. As a writer and author it is tempting to set goals like; write a book. Since writing is personal this goal could take forever or be done in a month. As a professional writer and author setting goals not only gives your fans an idea of when to buy your wonderful creations it lets other professions i.e. your publisher and editors know you have work ethics.

 

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3. What are some examples for professional writers and authors?

Here are some New Year’s resolutions that professional writers and authors can use to reach success:

Join a writing group or class by March and attend at least three meets this year. This is Specific to being an author, Measurable because it includes several meets to see if you like the group,Achievable because writing groups are everywhere,Relevant because it can keep you motivated, and Time Bound because it includes deadlines.

Attend 3 writing conferences this year. This is a great resolution. It’s specific, you’re focused on writing conferences. It’s relevant to being a professional writer and author. It’s time -bound and easily measured by simply attending three conferences. However, this one does have the pitfall, you have to find the conferences first before you can attend them.  Unfortunately, how to find writing conferences, and other author events and affairs, is outside the scope of this blog post but will be visited in other blog posts later this year.

Read widely. This is actually a popular resolution among professional writers and authors but is actually not a good resolution. It does not use smart goals and could actually be the cause of distraction because it is so broad and unspecific. Instead try

Read widely professional publishing news for ten minutes once a day.This is a better example of a resolution with smart goal elements.Its specific and relevant, knowing what’s happening in one’s industry is always beneficial to one’s career. Plus it’s measurable and time bound in way not to get in the way of other tasks you may have as a professional writer and author.

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Summary

 Remember when planning your resolutions for the upcoming year set SMART goals. SMART goals are specific, measurable, achievable, relevant, and time-bound. For example, a SMART goal for a professional writer and author could be to “publish a book by the end of the year.” For more resolution ideas to grow your career as a professional writer and author in the new year checkout this blog post here.And if you’re ready to take action and make a plan check out our free New Year’s resolution planning guide for aspiring professional writers and authors.  

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