A New Approach to Motivation and Planning for Creative People

If you’re like me, planning can be a problem. Here’s an interesting alternative approach for creative people. I haven’t tried it, but it may be worth a look. (It’s also an example of an effective marketing strategy.)

Click on the link if it sounds appealing for one reason or another.

Motivation Wizard for the Fractal Planner.

Twelve Picture Books in Twelve Months

If you are a picture book writer, you may be interested in this exciting community. It isn’t free, but it isn’t expensive either, and it offers the benefits of support, motivation, and information. I am going to sign up!

Information for 2013 | JulieHedlund.com.

Writers First Aid » Set Goals NOW for 2013 » Writers First Aid

Kristi Holl is, as usual, right on top of things. Today, she suggests that we start to think about our goals for 2013. Right now, uh-hem, I’m having trouble keeping up with my goals for today, but that’s another thing.

My unofficial writing goals for 2013 are to find an agent for my novels, chapter books, and picture books, to sell at least one of them, and to finish reworking five manuscripts that are almost “there” into a new middle grade mystery series.

In the near term, I plan to finish my years-in-the-making fantasy novel by the end of this month.

Next month, I plan to form two of my Picture Book Idea Month ideas into finished manuscripts and send them out. I also plan to craft a query letter to one of the agents I met at conferences this year and run it by my critique group. I will, for a change, record all of my submissions on Query Tracker. I don’t usually do that. It is too depressing. This time, it won’t be. I also plan to edit and submit my poetry chapbook to Robert Brewer’s challenge. That sounds like a lot of work, but it won’t take very long.

What may take some time is updating my resume and submitting  samples to educational publishers. I will do that next month too.

If you want to start thinking about your writing goals, click on the link below to read Kristi’s blog post.

Writers First Aid » Set Goals NOW for 2013 » Writers First Aid.

12 x 12 | JulieHedlund.com

If you are doing the Picture Book Idea Month challenge and want to take it one step farther next year, here’s information about a group that pledges to write one picture book draft a month in 2013 and revise another, with the option to commit to submitting. You have to register soon if you are interested.

12 x 12 | JulieHedlund.com.

The Pros and Cons of NaNoWriMo

I have signed up again for NaNoWriMo, but I am not following the rules, so I cannot win. Instead of starting a new novel, I will be writing the ending of one that has been in process for some time. Actually, I only need about 20,000 words, but it could go up to 30,000. That makes a very workable goal each day. I like the idea of writing flat out and not revising as I go as I usually do. I will be using the challenge in the way that works for me. The essay you will reach from the link below expresses a different and very valid opinion.

QueryTracker Blog: Why I’m not doing NaNoWriMo.

No Motivation to Write? 10 Ways to Write More Words Than You Can Edit : Quips and Tips for Successful Writers

Sometimes each of us slams up against a writing wall. Then, the house needs to be cleaned. Office supply shopping sounds like great fun, and a ten mile hike in the rain is irresistible. Click on the link for some great ways to get back on track.

No Motivation to Write? 10 Ways to Write More Words Than You Can Edit : Quips and Tips for Successful Writers.

The No. 1 Tip of Successful Writers | WritersDigest.com

Here’s the most important tip for all writers at every level. Can you guess what it is?

The No. 1 Tip of Successful Writers | WritersDigest.com.