Stay Motivated and On Track: Start A Writing Calendar

This year my resolution is to think of my writing as a career, which is hard when you’re already juggling a career and are still in the Revising stages of your novel. Two months into the new year and I am sure I’m not the only one who has to constantly remind myself of my goals and to write every day, still staying motivated is hard.

Which is why I’ve come to adopt a new process this year which has helped me stay on track and remember my goals. Ladies and Gentlemen… The Writing Calendar.

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The Writer’s Marathon


“BLANK is a lot like running a marathon,” is a common saying that you can put almost any activity into. “Marriage is like running a marathon.” “School is like running a marathon.” “Getting in shape is like running a marathon!” See what I did there?

So I’ll dare to say another cliché motivational one liner– even though as a writer I hate cliche’ motivational one liners but when they call…

“Writing is like running a marathon.”

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Read What Makes You Happy (A Life Lesson)



New Year, New Reading Goal.  I’m not someone who can tear through 100 books a year. I’m lucky if I can finish 50 books. Usually my yearly book reading goal rests between 40-50 books, split between novellas, audio books, anthologies, and the classic novel. This year my goal is 40 (when I surpass that number I feel VERY good about myself.)

I like reading, but sometimes it can feel like a chore. Especially when I’m trudging through a book I’m not enjoying.  The book seems to take ten times longer to read because I’m not enjoying it, and I’m too stubborn (I’ve already read 100 pages, what’s 100 more?) to stop. Which is why I have a motto that I have to remind myself whenever this occurs.

“Read the books that make you happy, put down the books that don’t.”

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