7 Tips for Creating Your New Year Writing Success Strategy

January 9, 2012

2012SparklingGoldThe New Year is a fabulous time to inject a fresh burst of energy into your plans for writing your book for publication.

So here are 7 tips to help you have your best writing year yet:

1. Identify what’s really important to you about your writing. So many people today live in the fast lane. As a result, it is easy to lose sight of what really matters.

With your writing, being consciously connected to what is truly important enables you to give yourself permission to prioritise your writing time. This means that you will get your writing done and feel more creatively satisfied as a result.

So start this year by taking time to re-connect to the source of your inspiration to write. Then write about that in your journal to refer back to in the coming months.

2. Clarify your vision. With that connection in place to keep you grounded, the next step is to sharpen your focus on where you are heading. Being clear about your vision will inspire and motivate you to maintain your progress.

One of the most powerful ways of bringing your vision to life is to create a Vision Board. This involves making a collage of images to represent yourself as an author and what you want to achieve with your writing.

If you have already made one, the turn of the year is a wonderful opportunity to add new images which feel appropriate for this year.

3. Clear your inner and outer space. When it comes to the creative cycle, space is an often overlooked yet crucially important part of the process. In fact, space is the source of your most inspired ideas.

Starting with your inner space, I recommend that you empty your mind and enjoy a break from thinking periodically. Strange though this may sound to some, it is an exceptionally good way to recharge your creative batteries.

De-cluttering your outer space, especially where you write, also has an immensely beneficial effect on the free flow of your writing. So if you haven’t had a clear-out in a while, this is your chance to do just that.

4. Get organised. One of the challenges that many writers face is keeping track of all their ideas efficiently. Most creative people find that ideas for a project can arrive at any time of day (and night!).

Many experienced writers have pads of paper and pens scattered all around the house, and never leave home without a notebook. Yet ending up with piles of disorganised notes can be frustrating and time consuming when you can’t find what you’re looking for.

If this resonates with you, turn over a new leaf this year and purchase some new files (colourful ones always make this task more fun), and dedicate a few hours to putting your notes in order.

5. Make a plan. For some writers, planning comes easily and naturally. For others it is such an unwelcome task that it never gets done at all!

Yet having the right kind of plan to work to can actually free up your creativity rather than curb it. Certainly, proper planning is part of making the shift into a more serious gear which writing a book for publication requires.

Depending on where you are on in the writing process, this may mean making a plan for completing your article or manuscript, or drafting your synopsis in preparation for approaching agents or publishers. Whatever applies to your individual situation, a plan will guide you step-by-step towards your vision.

6. Pay attention to your choices and decisions on a daily basis. Writing a book for publication involves an important balance between the big picture (the vision) and the detail (the words on the page).

Each and every day, how you choose to spend your time and deciding what your priorities are become the defining moments on your journey.

The future arises out of who we are in the present moment and the smallest daily decisions lead to the largest long term results. So bring your awareness to your choices today and see the positive effects tomorrow.

7. Take action! Of course all of the visioning and planning in the world will only take you so far. When all is said and done, vision and action go hand in hand.

So avoid being seduced by having a beautifully tidy writing space with your Vision Board on your wall, your notes beautifully filed and your plan carefully scheduled … but no writing actually happening!

Remember what this is all for – to move you forwards joyfully and creatively towards successful published authorship – whatever route you take to get there.

The results of your efforts need to show up on the page and this is where you’ll know whether or not you are on track for success with writing your book for publication in 2012.

Good luck and enjoy the journey of diving ever more deeply into your conscious and creative expression as a writer!


© Julia McCutchen 2012. All Rights Reserved.

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Julia McCutchen is the founder & creative director of the International Association of Conscious & Creative Writers (IACCW). A former managing director & publisher, Julia is an intuitive writer’s coach, mentor and professional publishing consultant. She has over 20 years’ experience of publishing and a track record that includes UK no 1 and international bestsellers. Julia is the author of The Writer’s Journey: From Inspiration to Publication. Visit www.juliamccutchen.com for a range of FREE articles, audios and videos for writers and download a FREE Special Report, Discover Your Authentic Voice – on the page and in the world at www.iaccw.com

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  1. Great tips, Julia.

    I have been avoiding the decluttering of my office for far too long.

    One other tip that may help writers celebrate their successes is with the introduction of a “Success Journal.” I learned this tip from Suzanne Lieurance who runs the Working Writers Club. Write down your successes large and small in your Success Journal. It will help motivate you when you reach roadblocks and make you realize how progress you really have made.

    All the best in 2012, and Happy Belated 50th!

    Comment by Doreen Pendgracs — January 10, 2012

  2. A blissful 2012, Julia, to you, your dear ones and your readers, to all souls, when it comes to matter.
    Thanks for the tips, it is so great to feel tuned to other beings that strive to express thru writing. Especially in time when writers in my country complain about the impossibility of making a decent living in this profession, of how difficult it is to make oneself to be heard. Yes, yes, I experience that. So I am glad to get a positive motivating list of tips. Let the creativity unwind and connect us, Katarina.

    Comment by Katarina — January 11, 2012

  3. Thank you Doreen, and for sharing the “Success Journal” idea. I love that approach, and it echoes the way I work with writers individually who complete a coaching preparation sheet each month which includes identifying successes in order to become truly aware of them and celebrate them along the way. Thanx so much for your birthday wishes and have a fabulously conscious & creative 2012!

    Comment by julia — January 16, 2012

  4. Thank you Katarina and I’m happy to know you enjoyed the tips. There is always a tough reality of some kind or another to deal with. Making conscious choices to support our creative expression is a mindset of infinite possibilities and out of that space, magic happens!

    Comment by julia — January 16, 2012

  5. Many useful tips here, Julia. I have been on a great de-cluttering programme since before Christmas with the help of a de-cluttering lady, and I have been amazed at the amount of creative energy it has released in me! So I can thoroughly recommend it to everybody. Again, many thanks to you for all your input, and wishing you, rather belatedly, a very happy and creative 2012.

    Comment by Daphne Radenhurst — February 13, 2012

  6. Hi Daphne – good for you and thank you so much for sharing with us that your de-cluttering has released so much creative energy in you, fantastic news! Enjoy applying all of that creative energy and thank you also for your good wishes for 2012 – likewise!

    Comment by julia — February 20, 2012

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