New Year’s Writing Resolutions!

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It’s a new year which means it is the perfect time to both take a look back and reflect on the last year and plan out the year ahead. Ask yourself if you accomplished everything you hoped to this past year. Hopefully the answer is “no.” Not because I want you to do badly, I’m not usually that mean. Rather I believe that writers should have so many plans and dreams that it would be impossible to have everything.

Either way, get out your pen and paper (or computer for you younglings) and prepare to start this year off right by writing down what you hope to get out of your writing career in the months to come. Here are some of the resolutions off my list, feel free to post your own in the comments. Good Luck and Happy New Year!

  • Finish at least three books, including one novel.
  • Stick to my schedule of writing at least five days a week, regularly.
  • Practice making ebook covers.
  • Work on editing my manuscripts in a timely manner (I usually despise editing).
  • Go to six new places or events (writing fodder).
  • Win a writing competition.
  • Get published in a print or online magazine.
  • Learn at least five new skills (more writing fodder).
  • Win Nanowrimo.
  • Finish my first screenplay.
  • Work on branding and marketing myself.
  • Make at least one good book trailer.

Writers 2 The Rescue!

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I recently started a fundraiser event for the ASPCA. The actual event will be in January, but I am currently gathering animal related stories for a book to give away to donators. If you are interested in helping out by donating a story please send your story as a word document to writers2therescue@yahoo.com. If you would like to include a picture of your pet, please include as .jpg attachment (separate from the word document)

  1. Stories must be original work.
  2. You understand you will not receive any compensation for the stories.
  3. Stories can be whatever genre you want.
  4. Inclusion into the collection(s) will be at my sole discretion.
  5. Stories will be published under your name or pen name(make sure you include it in the email) and may be reused as on other fundraisers, but will not be published or used in any other capacity.

Visit the page: https://www.aspca.org/team/writers_rescue

NATO Phonetic Alphabet

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A – Alpha

B – Bravo

C- Charlie

D – Delta

E – Echo

F – Foxtrot

G – Golf

H – Hotel

I – India

J – Juliett

K – Kilo

L – Lima (pronounced Lee-Mah like the city)

M – Mike

N – November

O – Oscar

P – Papa

Q – Quebec

R – Romeo

S – Sierra

T – Tango

U – Uniform

V – Victor

W – Whiskey

X – Xray

Y – Yankee

Z – Zulu

Spellings and pronunciations have varied over time. For more information check out wikipedia.

Inventors Who Were Killed By Their Own Inventions

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William Nelson – killed by prototype of a motorized bicycle

Otto Lilienthal – crashed one of his hang gliders

Marie Curie – died of radiation sickness after  isolating radium

Perillos of Athens – killed by the Brazen Bull (a torture device) he invented (he was the first test subject)

Thomas Midgley, jr – killed by the rope and pulley system he invented to help get him out of bed

Thomas Andrews – an architect of the Titanic who was on the ship during its maiden voyage

H.L. Hunley – invented the submarine and died on one during the testing phase when it wouldn’t resurface

A Writer’s Resolutions

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It’s a new year with new possibilities. The time is perfect to try to plot your growth through the next year as a writer. So what are your goals? What kind of milestones should you try to reach? What new things will you try? Here are some ideas and suggestions to help you set your writing resolutions for the new year.

How much will you write per day/week/month etc.? – Probably the easiest goal to set is how much you should try to write. Whether it is in pages, words, or projects, you should have some idea of what it will be.

How much time will you spend writing? – How many hours a day do you want to write? You could  even set how much time you want to spend on other writing activities, like promotion.

What projects will you finish? – You could be general and say that you will finish a screenplay or novel, or list actual titles that you plan to work on.

Do you have any publishing goals? – Is there a certain amount of projects you hope to get published? Do you want to try self-publishing or traditional publishing?

Is there something new you want to try? – Is there a new form or genre you want to try to write in? Maybe a new subject you want to write an article about?

New promotion methods? – Are there new promotion or advertising methods you would like to try? Social media, post cards at a conference, flyers, or a booth at a book fair?

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