If you didn’t meet all your writing goals for 2011, there is always 2012 to look forward to. It’s always important to write down your goals and to visualize publishing success. The latter programs you into action, and it works. Remember to write down a reasonable timeline for accomplishing each goal, including step-by-step moves toward its completion. Then, you will be assured of achieving the goal.
The journey of a thousand miles starts with a single step.–Chinese Proverb
Hopefully, your project won’t be that huge and long. But, the point is, put something down on paper. Begin by writing down the plan for the project, particularly if you envision it as a long, long journey.
One written word is worth a thousand pieces of gold.–Japanese Proverb
Don’t waste words. Make each word count. If you can leave out a word, delete it. Don’t impose on your reader. Whether your project involves creative or factual writing, choose your words carefully.
The rung of a ladder was never meant to rest upon, but only to hold a man’s foot long enough to enable him to put the other somewhat higher. –Thomas Huxley
Once you’ve accomplished a writing goal, set another one. Don’t rest on your laurels. Most writers realize that writing is not a one-shot thing. It is something that grows on you and helps you grow.
A book whose sale’s forbidden all men rush to see, and prohibition turns one reader into three.–Italian Proverb
While I’m not suggesting everyone write such a book just for the sake of selling a lot of copies and becoming famous, always think in terms of whether or not your book has a market. Who is your audience and how are you serving them? If you write only for yourself, chances are, you can’t attract a publisher. Identify who will read your work and how it is of benefit to them. How do your words speak to others?
When each year comes to a close, I make a point of being hopeful for the new year. That’s why I refer to this Irish toast:
May the road rise to meet you
May the wind be always at your back
The sun shine warm upon your face
The rain fall soft upon your fields
And until we meet again . . .
I hope my blogs of this year helped you in some way, and that my future ones will also be of benefit!
Best wishes for writing success and all other success!
Copyright 2011 by Charlotte Digregorio.