Happy New Year, everyone!
We are so excited to see what 2019 will bring. Perhaps this year is a bit more exciting for us as we have a book launch happening soon and a unbelievable new tool coming to our other site, One Stop for Writers.
The start of a new year is special. It’s a reboot opportunity, a moment when we can hit refresh, adopt a new mindset if needed, and build new habits that will lead to success. So Becca and I would like to encourage you to tackle a few housekeeping tasks before you wade into the next page of your writing journey.
Housekeeping Task #1:
Back up your work.
I know, it’s obvious. And yet…do you? I mean we all know the danger of not backing up work, but let’s face it, computer crashes happen to OTHER people, right? Um, no. It can and probably WILL happen to you at some point. So, yep, back your work up. Now’s the perfect time to do it!
Housekeeping Task #2:
Do some weeding.
Nope, I didn’t celebrate too hard last night and forget that most gardens are deep beneath the snow. The gardening work we need to turn our attention comes in the form of old word files on our computers.
Think about it…just how many versions of the same story do you have on your computer? How many blog posts, revisions of query letters, pitches, story notes, character profiles and worksheets…well, you get the idea.
Over the years, this stuff piles up. It becomes a mountain of data. The truth is, we can’t bear to let any of it go, these words of ours. We’re so sure that at some point, we’ll want that 7th revision of chapter 9, absolutely. And even if we finish the novel and move on to another, dang it, maybe that discarded paragraph 3 in that first draft can be used in a new story!
Group therapy time: maybe it’s time to let some of these old files go. Once we’ve finished revisions on a book, there’s really no reason to keep all the old bits and bobs, right? So take a look at the scary patch of files and ask yourself, do I really need this? If you truly don’t, go on and purge.
Housekeeping Task #3:
Okay, up until now, we’ve taken some baby steps. You’ve done well. In fact, you’re a freaking rock star. But now…we need to talk about the biggie. I know, you don’t want me to go there, but I have to. It’s the Thing That Must Not Be Named.
Your desk. Your workspace.
Here’s the deal: if we really want to start with a clear mind we should clean our surroundings. Make our fresh start a TRUE fresh start.
If your desk is a mess, your drawers are filled with God-knows-what, and there’s so much of it you haven’t seen the bottom in a good year or two, it’s time to excavate.
Trust me, you will feel so much better knowing those drawers actually shut like they are supposed to. And it probably won’t kill you to dust. Or empty the trash. So sort, organize and recycle!
A Bonus Tip? Look into One Stop For Writers. The One Stop library is a vault of knowledge waiting for you to use. And, and I mentioned, we have a tool coming in that will revolutionize how you build characters, letting you easily dig deeper than you could imagine. We’re all pretty excited to offer something new to writers everywhere.
Our mission at One Stop isn’t fancy, but it is challenging: we want to make writing easier. To provide you with the tools, resources, and descriptive help you really need so staring at the screen not knowing what to write becomes something of the past.
One Stop is a subscription site but we want you to have the opportunity to test drive it for free. So if you’d like to check it out, visit this page and find the code for a free 1-month subscription at the bottom. 🙂
We hope you guys get some housekeeping done to start your year off right. It’s a new year, and the pages of your writing journey have yet to be written. We’re always here to help if you need it.
Here’s to a fantastic year for all of us! 🙂
~ Angela & Becca