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How to Succeed in 2018

My dogs are waiting to see what you’ll accomplish next year. 😀

Heya, folks!

So, way back when Novelarnia was first getting started, I did a post on New Years Resolutions. I mean, it happened four weeks into January, but hey. Who’s counting?

But this year, I’m not divulging my resolutions. This year, I want to talk about yours!

A dear friend told me in the early months of 2017:

“Don’t base your resolutions on the actions of someone else. Pick things YOU can achieve on your own. That way, the only person who decides your success is you.”

Read that again. You cannot control other people. You can’t decide if an agent signs you. You can’t decide if an editor loves your book. You can’t decide if a Big Five publisher offers a six-figure deal.

But you CAN decide to work harder than ever on your novels. You CAN attend writers conferences, read a hundred books, write for an hour every day. You CAN set quantitative goals that will better you as a writer and a person, so you’re more attractive to those agents and editors and publishers.

So, this year, don’t say: “I’m going to get a literary agent in 2018.”

Instead, say: “I’m going to write three original novels in 2018, and submit them to at least 60 agents each.”

Don’t say: “I’m going to find that long-lasting relationship.”

Say: “I’m going to spend an hour at the gym four times a week, change my eating habits, and take up underwater basket weaving. I’m going to make a solid effort to look and feel my best every day.”

Don’t say: “I’m going to get more followers on Twitter.”

Say: “I’m going to focus on posting one quality thought per day on my social media accounts.”

YOU make your life amazing. Not an agent in New York. Not the boyfriend who never calls. Not social media. If you want 2018 to be The Year, MAKE IT THE YEAR. Reframe your mind so everything you desire can be accomplished.

There’s no question you’ll be great!!

What are your New Years resolutions? Let me know in the comments below, or by emailing me here!

This little puppy says, GET TO WORK! 😀



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