How to Keep Up With Your New Year’s Writing Resolutions

By Lauren Shade

Part of the excitement of a new year is the fresh start it gives you. Regardless of the past year, a new year holds so much potential. That is why starting the year off right – and maintaining your goals by exposing the new year’s potential – is so important. Yet many people who make resolutions, especially those involving writing, struggle to keep them. That is why we’ve created a list of ways to stay on top of your writing resolutions during the challenging months ahead.

Create a Schedule

It’s been said before but it has to be said again…and again. The best way to stay on top of your writing is to continue writing. The new year and all of the changes that it brings can be distracting. One of the most recommended things you can do to stay active with your story is creating a thought-out schedule for writing – and reading – times.

Give Yourself Small Goals

Frequently, we hear the resolution “I want to finish a book.” This isn’t a bad place to start. However, this idea should stand as your foundation.

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Each month you should work toward smaller, more realistic goals that will build up and, eventually, create a whole story. Ease into your resolution so you don’t get worn down by the task. Pacing yourself and finding time to set aside during your week in order to accomplish your writing goals will allow you to take your story slowly, not rush through important details and avoid becoming overwhelmed with the tasks ahead.

Find a Writing Partner

Finding someone to write along with is a fantastic way to stay on top of your writing. Critique partners will not only be motivation for you to continue writing but they also help you strengthen your writing. The same way a teammate can bring out the best in your game, critique partners offer fresh perspectives on your story and vice versa. If you’re struggling with where to start, social media is a great resource for finding critique partners for your work in progress! And if you already have a critique partner, try taking up another.

Use What’s Around You

One of my favorite ways to draw inspiration is by noticing the world around me. Noticing the way people speak and interact with each other and admiring the scenery/city in a new light – maybe even going out of your way to find someplace new – can all be, in their own right, fuel to forming new characters and plot. Some people do this by reading – which I recommended you do extensively this year – and some do this by observation.

Either way, the new year is about finding different and better ways to tell your story. Challenge yourself and maybe you will see things you didn’t see before. You can do this by reading outside your genre or finding a new place to write.

Just remember there are always resources out there to help you draw inspiration. The most important thing to do is to never give up on your writing, to continue to strengthen your craft, and to stay excited! If you hold on to that excitement and willingness to learn and grow, you’ll have no problem completing your resolutions.

Lauren Shade is a literary assistant with Holloway. Follow her on social media @Shade_Lauren.

10 Things Every Writer Should Be Doing

By Rachel Beck

They say you’re a writer if you write. But anyone chasing a book deal, who has put words on the page, enough to meet a goal word count, may constantly doubt those words are worth anything. Going from a writer to an author is the goal of anyone submitting their work to agents. As an agent, and former editor, I have received countless submissions and exchanged numerous email communications with aspiring authors, offering advice and as much helpful feedback and thoughts as I can.

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I constantly wonder how helpful I’m being, so I thought I’d take this opportunity to spell out ten simple things that I may not be able to communicate individually to each writer I interact with. If you want to go from a writer to an author, with a book deal and an editor and the whole she-bang, your chances of making that happen will be a lot greater if you can check off each of these things: Continue reading “10 Things Every Writer Should Be Doing”

Finding New Readers Through Your Local Library

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By Katelyn Uplinger

Writing a book takes a lot of time, effort, and determination, but authors aren’t off the hook when the book is published. Next comes marketing, which can be just as frustrating as writing. I’ve written before about how useful libraries can be for writers, but libraries can help you with more than just writing, researching, and improving your craft. Libraries offer other helpful options for published authors. Getting your book on the shelves of your local library can help you snag new readers and reviews. Some libraries even invite local authors to give talks or meet up with other authors.

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How to Motivate and Help Other Writers

By Sabrina Berndt

Although I am not a writer myself, I have plenty of friends and family members who do consider themselves writers. Sometimes they fall into a slump and don’t know how to get past their writer’s block. This is completely natural, but people tend to believe there’s nothing they can do to help. Today we’ll look at what you can do to help the writers’ in your friends and family conquer their writer’s block and keep telling their story.

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Be their cheerleader

Sometimes writers just want to feel appreciated. Especially if they’re unpublished, it’s hard to stay encouraged although their hay-day may be on the horizon. Or they simply get stuck and can’t seem to get around the dreaded writer’s block, which plagues every writer. Don’t be afraid to compliment them on their hard work and the piece itself. Writers have a difficult job, as we all know. It’s no easy task to create a place where readers forget reality and lose themselves in their story. If a writer you know is having a hard time, compliment them on their unique ideas and encourage them to tell their story. Whip out your pom-poms, sing them a song, whatever you need to do to make their day and break out their computer (or typewriter, we don’t judge).

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Why You May Not Be Winning With Agents

By Rachel Beck

Editors, agents and authors publish a lot of instructional pieces about the craft of writing, and the mechanics of creating a strong novel. These tips tend to focus on plot, character, conflict, story arc, narrative voice, tone, etc. After all, you cannot have a successful book without these pieces in place, and not only must they be present, but they must also work in tandem to build on the goals and motives of the characters and story as a whole. If these pieces aren’t working in unison, your story may be rejected by publishing professionals, though hopefully with some helpful advice for improvement. Continue reading “Why You May Not Be Winning With Agents”

2017 Goodreads Choice Awards

It’s that time of year again. The 2017 Goodreads Choice Awards is calling on the writing and reading community to nominate their favorite novels in various genres. And we’ve got some fantastic news.

Holloway Literary’s client, Kimberly Belle, and her international best-seller THE MARRIAGE LIE has been nominated for Best Books of 2017 – Best Mysteries and Thrillers. Show your support and vote to make this novel a 2017 winner! Vote here.

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Don’t forget to share your vote on social media and spread the good news! Thank you for your support.

Hauntings, History and Headway – Notes on Writing the Paranormal, Historical and Queer

Jerico Lenk, author of YA paranormal The Missing and absolutely terrible blogger, crawls out from the landslide of end-of-semester papers and thesis projects and graduate applications to offer some insight on writing paranormal fiction, historical fiction, and queer representation at large.

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Write what scares you.

Scaring yourself is a must – whether it’s literally, with ghosts and hauntings, or figuratively, like the most monstrous parts of human nature. Shock yourself. Make yourself uncomfortable. If you succeed with that, you’ll probably succeed in scaring the reader, too.

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