How To Start 2011 Off Right

A new decade is upon us and 2011 is already off and running. Which means it’s time for you to get started figuring out how you’re going to make this year your best writing year yet.

To get you started, check out the following five Procrastinating Writers posts:
1) What Would It Mean for You to Reach Your Writing Goals in 2011?

If you’re going to reach the writing goals you have for 2011, you need a plan of attack. And that plan starts with figuring out what it would mean for you to reach your goals.

When you have an idea of exactly what it will take for you to be the writer you want to be, it makes it easier to work toward those goals. The goals then become a huge part of your success as a writer and are no longer just goals you wrote down on a piece of paper.

2) Writers Take Note—Wherever You Ended Up In 2010 is OK

A lot of writers spend time berating themselves for not reaching their goals from the previous year. But the thing is, that’s all in the past. There’s nothing you can do to change it now. Except move forward.

So be OK with where you ended up on December 31, 2010. Sure, you might not have done everything you wanted to, but I’m sure you accomplished a lot, including things you never even expected.

3) The Things Procrastinators Fear—Identify and Let Them Go Now

If fear is holding you back from reaching your writing dreams, now is the time to identity which fears you have inside you. Once you’ve identified them, it will be much easier to let them go and move on to bigger, better things.

4) Believe In Yourself and the Writing Will Come

They say believing is 90 percent of achieving. If believing in yourself is the problem you’ve had with reaching your writing goals in the past, now’s the time to gain some confidence. When you’re confident, the writing will come to you. It’s lack of confidence that keeps you “blocked.”

5) Tips for Becoming A Better Writer

If the posts above were not enough to get you heading in the right direction, here’s a long list of tips for becoming a better writer.

And if you want even more tips on being a better writer, be sure to check out the 31-Day Better Writing Habits Challenge, which offers advice for making over your writing habits in 31 days, written by myself and Suzannah Freeman of Write It Sideways.

How are you gearing up to have your best writing year yet?

About the Author: Jennifer Blanchard is the founder of Procrastinating Writers. For more great writing tips, tools and advice, be sure to follow her on Twitter or Facebook.

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