Happy New Year! Are you energized? Do you feel that anything is possible? No? Well, I’ve been there. Truth be told I know all too well what that feels like and let me tell you that you are not alone and if you don’t feel like writing or making goals or doing anything but binge watching Property Brothers, it’s okay. But, I’ll also tell you that sitting and waiting for the depression to subside on its own won’t work. You won’t get a sudden spontaneous boost of energy that makes you want to conquer the world again. It doesn’t work like that. You have to make the decision to climb out of that hole and it’s a grind to get out but it’s worth it. So, what I want you to do is to just make some small goals, not much. Just write down a few things that you’re pretty sure you can accomplish. They don’t have to be big, just something to focus on in the next few months.

Even small wins feel like huge wins when you haven’t been feeling yourself.

Here are my fresh ideas for the new year:

  • Edit and submit my last 2 novels – I’ve got two on the shelf that need editing and then they’ll be ready for the grind through the pub machine. I’m trying not to think about how they’ll be received. Even with the call for #ownvoices I’ve seen what passes for acceptable multi-cultural literature and I’m trying really hard not to be discouraged.
  • Self-publish 2 novellas – I know how to do it now. It’s cost me pride, money and time, but I’ve learned what I can do and how to get it out there if not how to market.
  • Establish relationships with reviewers and bloggers – I’m a natural introvert and establishing relationships of any kind will be hard but I’m going to push myself.
  • Read a ton of short fiction – I’ve been excited by Fiyah Lit and Foreshadow, a new YA anthology magazine for a good while and I’m looking forward to reading and submitting to them in the new year.

What goals are you setting this year.

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