Authors -Get more out of 2016

We all have made New Year resolutions over the years. 2015 was no different.  A lot of people made them and a lot of people never followed them through.

As an author I vow every year to finish my series and spend time promoting them. Every year I fall into the same rut of trying to balance a full time job, kids, home, businesses and my author brand, without getting to that very important work in progress. I end up stressed and demotivated.


This year rather than making one big resolution, I’ve decided to set small goals for every month. It’s a day by day kind of thing, but at least it’s more focused.

As authors, you can get more out of 2016 and ultimately do less work but reap more rewards by following this same principle. Don’t make one long term commitment. Rather set small little commitments.

Week 1  – get organised. Clear out your inbox, trash useless documents (online and in your writing cave) and get your cave ready for work!

Week 2 – Set out what you want to achieve this year in your personal and professional life. Don’t make it complicated. Set out small goals and then set out longer term goals.

Week 3 – Plan each in detail and set a flexible timetable for them.

Week 4 – Start following said timetable with focus and determination.

Week 5 – revise your timetable if need be and keep your daily focus and determination.

Week 6: Incorporate new or other short term goals with your long terms goals.

Week 7 – If you have previously published a book, go through your best review to keep you motivated. If you are still working on your first book, look at successful authors and their reviews to get inspiration and guidance on the sort of story you want to tell.

Week 8: Continue on these steps and if all else fails, start over.

Keep it simple. Keep it manageable. Keep to your timetable. Keep writing!




4 responses

  1. Good list, I’m reblogging and will actually try to put it into practice. Thanks for posting.


    January 11, 2016 at 4:15 pm

  2. Reblogged this on The Writers' Workshop Blog and commented:
    I think this might be a helpful list for me to keep in mind.


    January 11, 2016 at 4:14 pm

  3. Thanks! I needed to hear this! I too struggle with balancing my day job, kid and my writing 🙂


    January 7, 2016 at 3:02 pm

    • Author Ash Stone

      Thank you. Here’s wishing you the best in 2016! May it work out well for you.


      January 11, 2016 at 11:18 am

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