I found a good way to kick start the writing year and motivate myself at Writer's Digest On-Line Tutorial shop by listening to a writing webinar, something I haven't had time for in the past few crazy months.
Making Time to Write is a 54 minute tutorial by multi-published author and writing coach Rochelle Melander and covers the following nine steps in helpful detail:
1. Create a life vision for your future self
2. Decide what you will say YES to in allocating your time (yes to family, no to twitter)
3. Set your specific writing goal(s)
4. Set aside writing time (and stick to it)
5. Create a safe physical space to write
6. Create a safe emotional place to write (no external distractions)
7. Avoid starting with a blank page
8. Take short breaks to keep energy high
9. Reward yourself for daily goals met
There is, of course, much more information provided in the webinar itself, and it's worth downloading for a small fee if, like me, you struggle with carving out precious writing time from your busy day.
Although I prefer to set my "Turtle Time" in word count rather than minutes, this method of regular writing suits my style: it's about making the time to find a small chunk of time to write every day at the same time (e.g, before you get out of bed, or on the train commuting to work). You may write as slow as a turtle, but eventually you'll have a novel. And I've found from experience, that the more regularly you write like a turtle, days also come when you can sprint like a hare!
Making Time to Write is a worthwhile webinar to help writers like me who tend to be unfocused and (dare I say it) undisciplined.
And so, to start the year off WRITE, I'm setting the goal of writing to my future writing self four times in the next week (that's an exercise from the webinar.)
You can find the "Making TIme to Write" webinar on Writer's Digest tutorials website
You can find writing coach Rochelle Melander on twitter @WriteNowCoach or on her website http://www.writenowcoach.com