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Reviewing Your 2013 Writing Life

Infodesign-calendars-design-52489-hSo, we've got two days until the new year, and I don't know about you, but I've been busy thinking about 2014.  I have so many writing goals I want to accomplish--novels and stories to get out in the world, and classes and products to offer here on the blog.  So this year I'm trying to approach it logically (not my strong suit, as I'm about as right-brained as they come), and write out my goals now.  (I'm using this workbook that my daughter got me for Christmas.)

The difference for me this time around is that I'm actually taking the time to review 2013.   Yeah, I know, brilliant idea, right?  Anyway, as I was working on this project earlier this morning, the thought occurred that maybe you would like some guidance on looking over 2013 as well.  So herewith, I offer questions to ponder and answer in three areas: writing, motivation and putting it into the world (also known as marketing).

(And by the way, I'll be back on Thursday, newsletter day, with guidance for planning your 2014 writing life.)

1.  Writing.  

We start with this because it is the basis of everything.  Duh.

--What was the best thing about your writing in 2013?

--What was the worst thing?

--What are you most proud of?

--What is your biggest writing accomplishment?

--What felt good around your writing?

--What felt off?

--What lessons did you learn around your writing?

--What do you want more of?

--What do you want less of?

--What was your biggest writing problem?

2.  Motivation

Yes, one could argue that this could come first, but I maintain, as mentioned above, that when you're a writer, writing is the starting point of everything.  

--What inspired you?

--What motivated you to plant your butt in the chair and write?

--What de-motivated you?

--What got in the way of your writing?

--What is your biggest issue in finding time to write?

--What time of day were you most inspired?

--What books inspired you?

--What blogs inspired you?

--What magazines inspired you?

--What other creative pursuits inspired you?

3.  Marketing

I know, ick, but if you want your work to go out in the world, you've got to consider it.

--How did you market your work in 2013?

--What were your most successful channels?

--How many times did you submit your work in 2013? Or, how many pieces did you publish yourself?

--Which social media outlet did you rock?

--Did you blog or maintain your website consistently?

--What did you learn about yourself and your writing through marketing?

--Do you have a mailing list?  Did you grow it this year?

--How did your off-line marketing efforts go?

--Did you get media publicity this year? In what venues?

--What areas of marketing did you most enjoy?

Okay, there you have it--30 questions to answer about 2013.  I'll be back on Thursday with thoughts to ponder for 2014.  In the meantime, would you care to comment?  What was your biggest writing accomplishment in 2013? 

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