Wednesday, January 4, 2012

New Year's Resolution: Writing First Thing Before Anything Else

My New Year's Resolution (I know, I know...many times we don't stick to them after the first few days, but I'm determined not to allow this to happen).

My main New Year's Resolution is to write first thing at least Monday through Friday each and every week.

After I get my writing session in, I stick to my next resolution to complete at least one marketing task for either my book, The Golden Pathway or my Author PR Services.

My third resolution is to edit at least one chapter per day of my middle grade manuscript.

I'm thrilled to share with you that even though it's only the 4th of January I'm sticking to it! Because of this, I feel much lighter and accomplished personally for the day. My afternoons will be dedicated to client work.

I will be posting a weekly check-in on Wednesday's so I hold myself accountable.

I'd like to hear what are you doing to make 2012 your best writing year ever?

I'm looking forward to your response.

Wishing you all an inspirational and productive year!

Best wishes,
Donna M. McDine
Award-winning Children's Author
The Golden Pathway ~ August 2010 ~ Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc.


  1. Hi Donna,

    Since I teach high school french and Spanish, it is very hard for me to stick to a schedule. I usually do my writing at night for at least two hours. When I am on break, I write in the morning after working out. I will retire from teaching in four more years(25 years) and I will be able to do a lot of writing.

    Nicole Weaver
    Trilingual children's Author

  2. I hope this works out for you, Donna. I know you're a busy gal.

    Right now my goals are a bit up in the air, as I might be returning to work outside the home. My plan is to finish two WIPS and take a look at a manuscript I love that got rejected by an agent recently, see if it needs revising, and then get it back out there.

    Wishing you the best in 2012.


  3. Way to go, Donna! My goals are set though I haven't done a thing to accomplish them yet. My task today is to clean out my inbox, listen to past calls from WWC and figure out all of the website/blog stuff, so I can hit the road running next week.

    Good luck with all and stick to your writing first thing. I think that is key!


  4. Donna,

    I am really focused on writing this year, too. I'm taking it one month at a time and my plan for January (Mon - Fri) is wake up, do core exercises, post to blog/read blogs, walk an hour, write (either ya or mg novel wips or shorts) ride stationary bike an hour while reading and then write and promote some more.

    I hope to lose weight while writing loads of new material. Wish me luck.

    Good luck with your own goals everybody!

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  6. This year I'm going to the Writer's Digest 2012 Writer's Conference in NYC!

    I'll meet the agent I've been corresponding with face to face and make the sales I've been looking for.

    visit me at:

    or on Facebook as:

    Grace Rellie

  7. Hi exicting that retirement is within you grasp! Sounds like you have a sound plan while still teaching.

    Hi Cheryl:

    Good luck with your WIPs and resubmitting your manuscript. Are you still working for PUYBP?

    Hi Karin:

    Focus is key. See my blog posting at about email inbox time drain.

    Hi Kai:

    You definitely have a great plan in place and with exercise to boot. Good luck!

    Hi Grace:

    Good luck with meeting the agent at the WD Conference in NYC. I have this on my to do list to see if it's worth for me to attend this year.

    Best wishes to one and all,

  8. Hi Donna,

    Happy New Year!

    I have been writing first thing in the morning most days, Monday to Friday for the past decade or two. And I have done a lot of writing! And you will too! You can't help but be successful if you make your writing a priority every day.

    What I usually do is get up an hour earlier, and just head to my office and write for an hour or two, depending on the day. Then I do my other tasks.

    Another tip is that I have a separate computer for my writing and my internet. That means that when I turn on my writing computer, I don't bother with email or internet. That really helps me.

    I hope my small tips help.

    Take care, and Talk to you soon!

  9. Donna, your resolution is inspiring. I wanted to start well but got a really bad cold. I think my resolution is to write 2 hours a day. I have started a historical novel so must get on with it.
    Best of luck with your own resolution.

  10. Donna, your resolution is inspiring. I wanted to start well but got a really bad cold. I think my resolution is to write 2 hours a day. I have started a historical novel so must get on with it.
    Best of luck with your own resolution.


  12. Happy New Year, Donna!

    This week I am going to write my writing plan for 2012. I like your idea of writing first. I tend to do everything else first and hope to have the time or energy to write when I'm done with everything else. It hasn't been working for me, so maybe I should switch it up. Thanks for the inspiration. :D

  13. Good for you, Donna. I admire your ambition. I know you can do it.

    I don't really have any goals, but will take life one day at a time. My usual routine is to check email first thing. Then I like a couple of hours for my writing. Afternoons are for promotion, blogging, and whatever else comes up.

    Happy New Year. Good luck with your writing.

  14. I am finishing the edits on my publishing and promoting book! And now that I have my new Dragon software, it is so much fun.

  15. wonder you are so productive. Great tips, thanks!

    Jane...feel better!

    Sharon...I'm in the mode of change what is not working. Go for it!

    Bev...your plan works for you, great job!

    L. Diane...good luck with your edits. What is Dragon software?

    Wishing you all the best,

  16. Hi Donna,

    I have some pretty lofty goals for 2012, but one of the most important activities of each day for me is to write a least 1000 words.

    It's been too easy to make support activities (press releases, email blasts, filing)consume the better part of the day and push the writing down on the priority list!

    I write first thing, then walk on the beach (in the freezing cold) then come back and write some more. Then I feel accomplished enough to do all of the other tasks before me!

    Congratulations to you and everyone here! It's still only January, but I know this positive energy is going to last.

    Karen Joyce Williams

  17. Good luck Donna. My goals for this year are to 1) write regularly--devise a new and workable schedule and stick to it, 2) query more, and 3) enter contests. My writing has been on the back-burner and it's time to turn up the fire.

    Have a wonderful 2012!

  18. Hi Donna,
    I wish you all the best. Writing first is a good goal, but unfortunately, I can't do it because of my work schedule. However, my goals are to finish my WIP so I can submit it to a publisher by April, send out at least one query a month and enter writing contests.

  19. Very good information, Donna. I'm the world's biggest procrastinator and I really need to get out of this mode. Thanks much for sharing!

  20. Writing first thing is a wonderful goal. I need to try and do that, too. I've been able to stick to my goal of writing everyday, so far, but not getting as much written as I would like. Happy 2012!


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