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Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Making a plan, and sticking to it.

by Carol Thomas

January is the month when everyone makes plans and goals for the coming year. A lot of people don`t manage to stick to them for longer than a few weeks. Most of my resolutions in the past have barely made it to the end of the first week.

I always made the same resolutions that everyone else made about losing weight and exercising. If you are not in the right frame of mind it is a tough battle to stay motivated.

In January 2011 I resolved to start a blog. I had read about them in the writing magazines but thought they would be really hard to understand. I decided to try Blogger as it was supposed to be the easiest. It was! I had my blog up and running in minutes. I became hooked and posted twice a week. I shared it to Facebook, and inspired by my posts several of my family started their own. The early blog was my life story, it needs some serious editing now but I plan to work on it, and have it printed to show my daughter when she is older.

In the same year I started using Twitter and met other writers who I followed on the site as well as on Facebook.

In November 2011 I took part in NaNoWriMo for the first time. I didn`t manage the 50,000 words but I met other writers in Essex, and joined the Facebook page for the writing group Writebulb.

In January 2012 I resolved to attend a meeting for Writebulb. I was really nervous. My daughter didn`t want me to go and said to me, “Mum, you don`t know these people, they might be horrible. Why take the risk?” This made me really laugh, and convinced me to go. I am really glad I pushed myself to go. In the past I know I would have just come up with excuses. The group has helped me a lot and publishing the anthology and seeing my work in print has pushed me to push myself harder.
 
My plans this year are all writing related. I want to finish the re-write of my novel and look into publishing. I also want to finish my NaNoWriMo story from 2012 and look into publishing.

It will be a lot of work but it is doable.

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