Lies, Letting Go, & Building the Writing Life You Want

The end of any year can be a bittersweet time. You take stock of what you’ve done and how far you’ve come. Maybe you exceeded your expectations and you’re inspired to do even more in the New Year. Or maybe you fell short and you’re feeling discouraged. Whichever is the case for you, the New Year brings the same thing to everyone – an opportunity

Setting 2018 Writing Goals (& Getting Your Priorities Straight)

When 2017 started, I was feeling ambitious – rebellious even. You see, 2016 was an awful year in pretty much every way for me, and I was determined for 2017 to be different. But it wasn’t. If anything, 2017 was much worse. The politics have had me even more stressed – something I didn’t think was possible at the time. I don’t feel any less

What do You Want in 2017? (An Alternative to New Year’s Resolutions)

Goals. Resolutions. Planning. Organization. To-do lists. Every time a new year rolls in, the focus is on change — often drastic. And these are some of the tools we use in seeking that change. Some (like me) love that. It can be fun. It can be exciting. We thrive on the challenge. But for other writers, New Year’s resolutions do little more than add stress and

An Early 2016 Mid-Year Writing Check-In (And Why You Should Do One Too)

We’re coming up on the midpoint of 2016. That means it’s a great time to reflect on our progress thus far. Most years I share my writing goals and resolutions with readers around January and then post a mid-year check-in around early July. This year I conducted my mid-year check-in early. And I highly recommend you do the same. Why Conduct an Early Mid-Year Review? The

Make the Most of 2016: Writing Goals, Resolutions, and Alternatives

At the start of each year we talk a lot about goals and planning here at All Freelance Writing. And that’s for good reason. It’s much easier to get from where you are now to where you ultimately want to be when you have a plan in place, and every good plan starts with a goal. That said, we sometimes get stuck on the concept of

3 Things Writers Should Rethink in the New Year

Happy New Year! I hope 2016 is off to a great start for all of you. I’m excited to be back to work. There’s something about the fresh slate of a new year that ignites a fire under me to tackle big things. Even if you don’t have big projects planned, now is a great time to make other tweaks to your business. If you’re

Writing Goals: 2015 First Quarter Check-In

Setting goals, tracking your progress, and adapting when necessary are all important parts of running a business. So it doesn’t matter if you’re a freelance writer, an author trying to sell books, or a blogger trying to make money from your blogs. Goals are vital to your success. Now that we’re in April, it’s a good time to check in on any goals you might

Out With the Old, In With the New: A Year-end Check-in and 2015 Writing Goals

The year is almost over, and that means it’s time to evaluate progress and set goals for the New Year. So today I’d like to share an example with a follow-up from my previous progress check-in and also some new goals for my writing business in 2015. 2014 Year-End Check-In This year was very good in some ways. But in others I didn’t come close

It’s That Time Again: Writing Goals 3rd Quarter Check-in

October marks the start of my favorite time of year: when we hop from one holiday to the next. It kicks off with Halloween and continues straight through New Year’s Day. There’s decorating. Shopping. Family time. And a crazy work schedule. Fall and the beginning of winter are probably my most hectic time of the year as a freelance writer-blogger-publisher, largely because I have so

5 Great New Year’s Goals For Print Writers

Today we’re going to talk about setting some goals that relate directly to a career in writing for print. Starting the NY off right can set the tone for the entire year, so it pays off to do a little “leg work” on the front end of things. Here are five great goals to pencil into January that will help you get set up: 1.

2014 Freelance Writing and Publishing Goals

This week is my last work week of 2013. That means it’s time to take a look back at my progress this year — both my successes and failures. And it’s time to think about goals and resolutions for 2014. You can find mine below, and I hope you’ll share some of your own in the comments. Let’s start with some of my biggest goals

A Belated 4th Quarter Business Check-In

Normally I post my quarterly business goals and plans at the beginning of each quarter, and I try to post a follow-up in the next update to let you know how I did. Plans always unexpectedly change in one way or another, but this past quarter might have been the worst. As you might know, I took off for an extended leave of several months

2013 First Quarter Check-In

It’s time for my first quarterly evaluation for my business. While I evaluate my progress on specific goals more frequently, I use my quarterly evaluations to review my longer-term plans and resolutions. So far things are going pretty well. But, as usual, I need to make some changes. Progress So Far Here are some of the things I can check off my yearly to-do list:

New Year's Resolutions — 2013 Updates

I know I’m a bit slow to return from my winter vacation time this year, but welcome back! I feel well-rested (after being exhausted by the holidays), and I’m excited to get back to work. I hope you all are as well. Back in November I shared my 2013 writing resolutions with you. Normally I try to evaluate them each quarter, but I knew I

2013 New Year's Resolutions for Writers

Update: During my first quarter check-in I updated the list below. Anything in green is currently in progress, and anything with a strike-through has been completed. Last week I shared my 2012 year-end evaluation with you, where I looked over my goals for this year and whether or not I’ve accomplished what I set out to do. Honestly, 2012 was not a great year for

Are You Ready for Your 2012 Year-End Evaluation?

I know November isn’t quite the end of the year. But with the hectic nature of the holiday season, I like to start a year-end business evaluation a bit early. What I do is look over my initial goals and resolutions for reference, and then check my mid-year check-in and any changed goals to see what I have and haven’t done. This year was not

Freelance Business (Early) Mid-Year Check-in 2012

With the start of June right around the corner, we’re nearly halfway through the year. Just one more month. When I realized how fast time was flying by, I went back to review some of my business goals and resolutions for 2012. I decided it was time for an early mid-year check-in. Why spend another month waiting when I can start improving things today? Basically,

2012 New Year's Resolutions

Happy New Year! It’s hard to believe it’s another new year already. I usually have my goals and resolutions set by late October or early November. But I’m a bit late to the game this year. In fact, I’ve been somewhat absent here for months. I had a crazy year in 2011. My guy and I started looking for a new place around May. That

2010 Goals and Resolutions: A Follow-up

We’re going to talk about goals this week. First, I want to take a look back on the goals we set for ourselves for 2010. In later posts we’ll discuss failure and why it’s sometimes okay, and then we’ll close out the week talking about how today’s reflections can help us set new goals for the coming year. Why look back on this year’s goals

My 2010 Freelance Writing and Blogging Resolutions

I love this time of year. It’s exciting for me when I get to sit down and look back on my business and make plans for the year to come. Every year there are goals I reach and those I don’t. I change goals or make new ones throughout the course of the year. This is the time of year when I create the big

2009 Freelance Writing Goals: Mid-Year Check-in

At the beginning of the year, we tend to set our freelance writing goals, or resolutions. But sometimes we take a set it and forget it approach. Now that we’re in July, we’re a bit more than half-way through the year. I thought it would be a good time to reflect on the progress we’ve all made so far. Take a look at some of

My 2009 Freelance Writing Goals – Have You Set Yours?

Earlier this month I posted a monthly challenge – to look back on this year’s work, your goals for this year and whether or not you reached them, and to start thinking about your freelance writing career goals for 2009. I hope you were able to make some time to think about next year’s goals, or that you do soon before getting too wrapped up