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New Year’s Resolutions for Writers (That Aren’t About Writing)

This year, rather than making resolutions about how or when you write, consider focusing on the skills and habits that will help you maintain a career in the ever-changing world of publishing.


I’m going to take control of my audience.

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I want to learn a visual skill.beforeonline tutorialsPhotoshop

I pledge to build more personal connections.networking

I will discover new ways of publishing.rundownUnnatural Creatures: A Novel of the Frankenstein Women

I want to go to a writing conference.

Historical Novel Society

Miami Book FairHistory Quill Writers Convention

I’ll get better at promoting myself.

I will expand my comfort zone.

Elizabeth Blackwell is a freelance writer and author of the historical novels Red Mistress, On a Cold Dark Sea, and While Beauty Slept. She lives outside Chicago with her family and ever-growing stacks of must-read books.