046 – Looking Forward, Goal-Setting for Your Best Writing Year in 2017

Hopefully, you’ve been doing something looking back at 2016, making note of all the places where you did wonderfully things.

Now it’s time to look forward to building on them next year. This ‘look forward’ to 2017 offers some strategies for making the most of your writing time, setting P.A.C.E goals, and staying on track throughout the year.

Here are the worksheets I reference in this podcast, to help you plan for a successful 2017:

Annual Review Worksheet

Individual Goal Worksheet

Annual Goal Tracker/Overview

And here’s a detailed article about how to set exciting goals and actually achieve them, this time!


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045 – Looking Back

Today’s episode is all about looking back at your year and capturing the achievements in your writing life that can help power you forward into your next year of writing.


WHY it’s good to track your achievements

HOW to remember what you’ve achieved

EXAMPLES of the kind of things you might list

RECOMMENDED READING for further thoughts on motivation


LINKS mentioned in the podcast

writers.digest@fwcommunity.com (to nominate StoryADay.org or another favorite blog for a Writer’s Digest 101 Best Websites for Writers listing)

Motivation For Creative People by Mark McGuinness (AF)

How Do You Want Your Novel to Change the World? by Julia Monroe Martin at WriterUnboxed.com


You may also want to listen to the follow-up episode: Looking Forward: Setting & Meeting Goals For Your Best Writing Year Ever or check out the accompanying post (with worksheets!) How To Set Exciting Writing Goals for Next Year — And Actually Meet Them This Time!



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044 – Energy For Your Writing Life plus a writing prompt

November is here and whether you’re facing NaNoWriMo or just the change of seasons, it’s a great time to think about energy in your writing life.

Energy is the theme for November at StoryADay.org and I start out this week with a plea for physical activity (walking, specifically) and will be writing about this and other ‘energy’ issues through the month.

This episode also includes a writing prompt and some theft. Settle in…

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043 – Regretful Writing Prompt plus a review of “Apollo” by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Today’s writing prompt is inspired by a story by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, featured in The Best American Short Stories 2016 (http://amzn.to/2elDfUo)

You can read more of my thoughts on this story here: [Reading Room] Apollo by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

You can leave comments about your experiences with this prompt here: [Writing Prompt] Regrets, I’ve Had A Few

And here are some articles to help you as you think about revising your first draft.


Podcast length: 11:15mins. Music by Alan McPike (www.standardstrax.com)

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041 – Accountability – SWAGr for Oct 2016 with guest Monique Cuillerier

It’s the first of the month, and that means it’s Serious Writer’s Accountability Group day at StoryADay.org.


Spend fifteen minutes with me and Monique Cuillerier, a long time StoryADay community member, as we talk about writing, routines, and why she turns up for SWAGr month after month.


You can find Monique online at NotWhereILive.com and on Twitter @moniqueac


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039 – The Challenge – Day 29 – writing prompt

Hey, we’re almost there! It’s almost the end of the month. 

By now you’re probably pretty sick of this StoryADay nonsense, but you can’t quit because you’re so close, right?

Take out your frustrations on your protagonist! There’s nothing better for a compelling story than a little bit of mistreatment of your beloved protag…

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