Since our launch in May 2010, we have toyed with various ideas of what else we might do here at Tuesday Serial. This week (week 37 for those keeping track ;-)) marks the launch of our new monthly feature for guest posts. We are extremely honored to have as our guest Sage Cohen who is providing some food for thought on how to plan out your writing future. See more about Sage at the end of this post including her latest book “The Productive Writer.”
And here’s your advanced warning … your assignment, should you choose to accept it, is to write a blog post in response to Sage’s questions within the next week. Next Tuesday (January 18, 2011), we will be hosting a blog carnival so that you can link up your posts. This carnival is open not only to Tuesday Serial contributors, but to other writers as well; if you have an interest in serial fiction, join in! For your blog posts, you can respond to any or all of Sage’s specific questions below or you can do a post that discusses your writing plans for 2011 (and beyond!).
Planning for the Future Starts with Celebrating the Past
A guest post from author Sage Cohen
Happy New Year, writers! I believe that there is no better launching pad into the great, blank page of 2011 than a thorough inventory of all that went right in 2010. With this in mind, I’m going to ask a series questions to guide you in recounting your many successes this past year!
I encourage you to take your time and be as thorough as you can in listing every, single thing you appreciate about yourself and what you’ve accomplished in each dimension of your writing life–even if the best you can do is admire that you stopped burning your rejection letters. Deal?
- What was most fun, exhilarating or rewarding in your writing life this year?
- What obstacles did you face and overcome?
- What has writing web serials taught you about writing a successful story, building an audience, and sustaining a writing and publishing momentum?
- What relationships did you build, repair or retire, and how has this contributed to your writing life?
- What did you let go of (habits, relationships, attitudes, clutter) that was no longer serving you?
- What did you read that taught you something about your craft, your platform or how to take your writing and publishing forward?
- What did you earn or what opportunity did you land that felt prosperous?
- How has your confidence and/or craft improved?
- What web serial writers have you admired? What are they doing or accomplishing (such as improving craft, building an audience, gaining visibility) that you intend to imitate in your own web serial adventures?
- What have you learned about social media that is serving your writing life?
- What strategies worked best for being effective with your time?
- How did you nurture and sustain your well being–in mind, body, spirit?
- Who has praised your writing or teaching or facilitating? What did they say and how did it give you a new sense of appreciation for yourself and your work?
- What did you learn about your writing rhythms: time of day to write, managing procrastination, how and when to revise, making use of slim margins of time, etc.?
- Who did you help, and who helped you?
- What did you learn about yourself from rejection, and how has it helped your writing, your confidence or your submissions approach develop?
- What did you do that terrified you–but you did it any way? And how did that benefit your life and your writing?
- How were you patient?
- When and how were you successful at juggling the competing demands of family, writing, work, and everything else in your full life?
- Who did you forgive? Who forgave you?
Because it’s so easy to keep our minds trained to the loop of an unsolvable problem or two, you may be surprised at how many triumphs are revealed as you answer these questions. Every risk you took, skill you fortified and skin you shed in the service of your writing life is a foothold in the future you are aspiring to create. Nice work!
About Sage Cohen
Sage Cohen is the author of The Productive Writer (just released from Writer’s Digest Books); Writing the Life Poetic and the poetry collection Like the Heart, the World. She blogs about all that is possible in the writing life at pathofpossibility.com, where you can: Download a FREE “Productivity Power Tools” workbook companion to The Productive Writer. Get the FREE, 10-week email series, “10 Ways to Boost Writing Productivity” when you sign up to receive email updates. Sign up for the FREE, Writing the Life Poetic e-zine. Plus, check out the events page for the latest free teleclasses, scholarships and more.