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.)