Six realistic New Year resolutions for writers


1. Do strength training twice a week for one hour. 
Resolving to “get fit” isn’t realistic because there isn’t a clear way to achieve your goal. How will you get fit? Are you going to go to the gym five days a week? Are you going to revamp your diet and hire a personal trainer? Do you really have the time, energy, resources for that? Resolving to do two hour-long strength training sessions is a tangible goal, and it is an efficient way to get fit. Plus, you can strength train at home using your own body as resistance, so this resolution doesn’t have to be expensive either.

2. Drink at least 64 oz. of water.
Although I’m aware of the benefits of drinking lots of water, it was hard for me to get 8 cups a day. I realized that I actually drank more water if I drank from water bottles, which made it easy for me to track how much I was drinking, but I felt guilty buying them. Then I discovered Brita Soft Squeeze Water Filter Bottles,  which are reusable and have a filter built into the cap. With my Brita water bottles, I could drink water from any tap, any where, and having the bottle helped drink me track how much I was drinking.

3. Save at least ten percent of your paycheck.
I learned a great money-saving tip from Alan Corey’s book A Million Bucks by 30  To save money, hide it from yourself! Open a second checking account and have a small percentage of your paycheck automatically sent there, or set up a monthly transaction through your online banking. Then, never look at the second account unless you need to tap into it for an emergency.

4. Read at least one book a month and write a review of that book on Amazon.
Positive reviews greatly help sales for authors, so if you liked a book, why not help out its writer and write a review? If the author is an independent one, then he or she will be eternally grateful for your support, and you’ll feel good doing a good deed and enriching your mind by reading!


5. Join a group whose interest is not writing-related.
Having interests outside of writing will help you maintain your sanity, introduce you to new people, and give you new material to write about! To find activities or groups, try meetup.com or check out Yelp’s event pages.

6. Give yourself one hour a day to work on your craft.
If you want to advance your writing career, then you need to have quality content and you need to have as much as possible. That’s why you owe it to yourself to write, read, or brainstorm for at least one hour a day. (If you’re looking for tips on how to find the time, check out some of my previous interviews with writers.)

Fox tries to market The Mindy Project using Tinder, comes off as genius douches

As an artist and business woman, I get that marketing is important, but sometimes there's a fine line between being clever and being an annoying asshole. Although I haven't confirmed yet that this was officially done by Fox Marketing, it is a little too on-the-nose to not be someone affiliated with The Mindy Project.

So anyway, tonight I was on Tinder, when this little darling popped up on my screen.
Since the actress who plays Mindy is also named Mindy, could this be a real profile?!?! Uh, no.
I had read earlier on LAIST about Tinder matching people with The Mindy Project characters, so I wasn't completely taken aback. The obviousness of the marketing was glaring, even if I hadn't been previously aware. 
My responses on Tinder are either really boring or hilariously dirty.
I was torn about this marketing concept. Although it was clever and got a lot of people to talk about The Mindy Project, online dating apps still should be somewhat private, right? Injecting their marketing in a manner such as this is really intrusive. I mean, what if I wasn't familiar with the show? If I saw this handsome guy liked me, I would be stoked. Even with the plug for the tv show on the upper right hand corner of the photo, this is Los Angeles. What if he was just some actor, trying to get some??

I'd be stoked, that is, until I saw he was trying to get me to click on a link before he plugged his TV show. Now whoever is behind this ruse thinks they are being cute, but this is the same stuff that pornography bots and scammers do to unsuspecting single people to get them to sign up for merchandise or wire money.
My response only makes sense if you watch the show.
Overall, props to whoever is behind this for getting press, but I think that respectable institutions can come up with something better than what scammers do. That's just my two cents.

What do you think? Let me know in the comments below.
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