In 2020 I Will Not…


What are your New Year’s Resolutions as a writer? What? You didn’t make any? Well, here are some suggestions for 2020 especially and specifically for writers that Christian Authors Community & Services highly recommends.

From ProEdit…

I will not:

  1. Let other people’s negative opinions affect how I feel about my writing ability.
  2. Rewrite a sentence to avoid grammar or syntax that I’m not sure about, instead of looking it up.
  3. Hit send before I proofread.
  4. Give up before my writing gets published.
  5. Be satisfied with mediocre drivel, even if I can get away with it.
  6. Procrastinate.
  7. Hurry through life without noticing and thanking God for all the blessings. (My insert.)
  8. Miss a single day without a conversation with an imaginary person specifically to improve my fiction writing.

From Writer’s Digest…

  1. I will make time for my writing. (Set a realistic writing goal and strive to meet it daily.)
  2. I will step outside my comfort zone.

From Jeff Goins…

  1. I will write what scares me.
  2. I will write even when I don’t feel like it.
  3. I will diligently research.
  4. I will break a rule.
  5. I will not take myself so seriously.

From various random places…

  1. I will meet and cultivate a friendship/relationship with at least one other author.
  2. I will read, read, and read some more.
  3. I will learn how to market my book(s): create a marketing plan and timeline.
  4. I will learn more about the business of book publishing.
  5. I will get involved in a writing community.
  6. I will indie publish a book this year.



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4 thoughts on “In 2020 I Will Not…”

  1. I loved ProEdit #8 especially. I resolved to turn down appointment as ambassador to Afghanistan, and to get 3 books published this year. Two are in the pipeline, and I have people nibbling at the third. Two more are sitting at a literary agent’s, who isn’t answering my emails. That’s probably a dead end.

  2. Gina, these are fantastic wills and won’ts. I guess it’s a bit late in the day to post my own. My excuse is that I got as far as number 6 (I will not procrastinate) and thought, “I’ll come back to this later.” Doh!

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