What’s my #1 Recommendation for your #1 Writing Resolution?
I’m going to cheat here: my #1 recommendation for your #1 writing resolution is half-way down this post, so skip straight there if you’re keen.
It’s all in the words
My #2 recommendation: kick any non-specific resolutions out the door: they doom you to failure.
My big writing goal this year is very clear:
- In 2010 I will finish the next two books in the Takeshita Demons series.
…which is a truckload more motivating than…
- “In 2010 I will write more.”
“More” is all so vague. It leaves me with a consistent uneasiness, a wondering about whether this week’s writing was “more” or “less” than last week’s. So I’m never happy with myself, which is blerch. Instead, I have a very specific goal, which is more motivating, and ultimately, more rewarding.
So what’s my #1 Recommendation for your #1 Writing Resolution?
If you’re an unpublished writer of children’s books, your #1 writing resolution this year should be to enter the Frances Lincoln Diverse Voices book award.
- It’s free to enter
- It’s open to any unpublished writer, living anywhere in the world.
- You can enter by email.
- You can win 1500 pounds *PLUS* a publishing deal complete with advance and royalties
WHAT’S NOT TO LIKE?? So, dust off that old manuscript or get your head down writing a new one (15,000 to 35,000 words). Entries are due around February each year.
Not a children’s writer?
Give it a shot anyway…you could find a new voice! Or…check out these writing competitions instead:
- TV scriptwriter? Enter the @NexTV Writing and Pitch Competition
- Budding song writer? Enter this International Song Writing Competition
- Crime writer? How about a “new talent” crime and mystery writing competition?
- Like to eat while you write? Share your chocolate love and win a chocolate pizza (this one closes 31 December…go go go!)
- Prefer to write Western adventures? Romance novels? Young adult fiction? Whatever!! Enter the 2010 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award. Another free-to-enter and enter-by-email nothing-to-lose-but-pride novel writing / manuscript competition.
Here’s to 2010! Twenty-ten. Two-oh-ten. Year of Grabbing Opportunities. May it be a good one!!