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.

Tips For Writing A Memoir

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  1. Make it interesting – Just because it happened doesn’t mean it must be told. Remember that your memories will always mean more to you than to other people.
  2. Write your memoir in the first person – It’s about you after all. Using I, my, me, etc. is acceptable.
  3. Tell the bad – A perfect life is impossible. It is our faults and failings that bring us together and make life interesting.
  4. Be yourself – Try to stay as true to your own voice as possible.
  5. Distance yourself – This can help when writing about a traumatic experience, as well as helping you to see different perspectives of the event.
  6. Use fiction writing techniques – Show, don’t tell, build suspense, learn to write good dialogue, make your setting a character, etc. This will help keep your readers entertained and help to make them more invested in a story.

Ways To End The World

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There are few things as morbidly fun to ponder as how the world might end or, for us writers, how we might end the worlds we create. To end October, here is a list of ways the world could end. Enjoy!

  • Asteroid/meteor impact
  • Robot Apocalypse
  • Pandemic (natural or man made)
  • Reversal of Earth’s magnetic field
  • Nuclear war
  • Alien invasion
  • Genetically engineered species/mutant
  • Earth is knocked out of orbit
  • Earth comes in contact with a black hole
  • Super Volcano
  • Earth is knocked significantly off its axis
  • Gamma ray burst
  • Ozone or atmosphere disappears
  • Giant solar flare
  • Global warming
  • Nanotechnology runs wild
  • Divine intervention
  • All atoms suddenly cease to exist at the same time (theoretically possible, although highly improbable)
  • Strangelets, antimatter, and other deadly particles
  • Deconstructed by a self-replicating machine (think Star Gate)

Improving Emotional Health

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  • Get enough rest.
  • Practice good nutrition.
  • Exercise.
  • Spend at least 10 – 15 min. outside in the sun.
  • Limit alcohol, cigarettes, and other drugs.
  • Build your self-esteem by doing things that positively impact others.
  • Enjoy the beauty of nature or art (it can help reduce stress and lower blood pressure).
  • Practice stress management strategies.
  • Make time for contemplation and appreciation.
  • Strive for balance by making leisure time a priority.
  • Cultivate your real world relationships.
  • Seek out happy people.
  • Replay happy memories.
  • Volunteer with an organization you believe in.
  • Discover your strengths and find meaningful ways to use them.
  • Work on building effective conflict resolution skills.
  • Identify the sources of stress in your life and work to lessen them.
  • Learn how to say “no.”
  • Let go of anger and resentment. Learn to forgive.

Funny Slang Terms

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Every generation has their own way of communicating. Sometimes those funny terms stand the test of time, and sometimes they become outdated fairly quickly. Here are some of my favorite funny slang terms.

Rabbit Ears – Old television antenna. (It makes you feel old when you realize there are people born who have never had the experience of dealing with those evil things.)

Gazoozle – To cheat.

Copacetic – Very good; Alright; No problems.

Daddy’s Car – A conservative looking car.

Fink – Tattletale.

Gutt Waddin’ – Any type of cheap fast food.

Hodad – A non-surfer.

Jump Bad – Looking for a fight; Acting tough.

Kybo – The bathroom.

Ossified – Drunk; Intoxicated.

Oyster – A good guy.

Rasta – Good-bye.

Rattletrap – Old, broken-down car.

Rhubarb – Argument; Squabble.

Dry Up – To stop talking.

Want to find your own funny terms? Check out these sites.

19 Old-Timey Slang Terms

60’s Slang

Western Slang

Historical Dictionary of American Slang

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