MIND GAMES [Excerpt from THE CANNIBAL’S ART (not published; in progress). Copyright 2014 Diana Gabaldon]
It's the time of year to make resolutions...What? Have you already broken yours? ;-)
As writers, we all have to set goals if we're going to ever finish our stories. So, here's a few idea for you to try out for your writing resolutions for 2015.
- List all of your dreams for 2015 and then prioritize them.
- Divide your dreams into monthly goals.
- Select small manageable bits for weekly goals that add up to the monthly and yearly ones.
- If you achieve the week's goal, there's no reason you can't dive into another the next week's goal. ;-)
- Recognize the times that Real Life throws you a curve and don't beat yourself up. Remember the goals will be there when you are ready to dive back in.
- Think about trying some writing prompts on the hard days when words are illusive. Charlotte Rains Dixon has a great new book of prompts with suggestions for how to use them.
Yes, that dreaded "Q" word that strikes terror in the heart of many a good writer. And I'm reaching the point that I need to get serious about it.
Julia Sondra Decker has some great tips.
Another suggestion is to try to write a query for the first twenty to fifty pages of your WIP. Check out agent Kristin Nelson's post on this technique for pitches. And her videos about finding the plot catalyst.
Also, try these questions:
- Who is the MC?
- What does the MC want?
- What's in the MC's way?
- What happens if the MC fails?
Next week: What it takes to be in the five percent of writers who get published.