Tuesday, November 27, 2012

WHAT MATTERS Creative Writing Prompts

Photo:  Silly Kids by Martika G

Before free-writing, enjoy the poem on Your Daily Poem called What Matters and What Doesn't by Guatan Sen.  

After reading the poem, free-write for 8 minutes on specific things in your life that matter, and the things that don't.  For example, I might write that it doesn't matter that I slightly burned the pizza I was cooking the other night, but it certainly does matter that I got to enjoy a great day with my entire family, including my daughter's boyfriend, because the time spent together is more precious to me than what we eat.  Make a list of specific things from your life and expand on the ones that move you.  If you want more time than 8 minutes, go ahead and take it if you have it.

After your list is made, try weaving those things into a poem or an essay.

For fiction writers, you can focus on a character (one you are already working with OR a new one) and make the list of what matters and what doesn't for your character.  Then put the character into a scene doing one or the other.

Tuesday, October 30, 2012


Since it is Halloween time, we will write on the topics of "treats" for our creative writing prompts. Here are 3 options for you. Enjoy--and Happy Halloween!!!

Writing Prompt: If you could have any treat you wanted right now, what would you pick? Please write about it.

Story Prompt: Write a scene where your character is surprised by someone bringing her a favorite treat. It is going to cheer her up, so tell us what the problem was, too. How was she feeling just before the surprise came?

Poetry Prompt: Write an ode to something orange. (Ode to Pumpkin Pie, Ode to Jack-o'-lanterns, Ode to?)

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Creative Writing Prompts for Autumn

Fall leaves 4 by alana sise
Fall leaves 4, a photo by alana sise on Flickr.
For today's poetry writing prompt, write an "Ode to Falling Leaves."

If you want to write a story today, start a story with two characters in this scene.

Friday, September 21, 2012

Writing Prompts with Bees

Bee on Sunflower by Nimal S
Bee on Sunflower, a photo by Nimal S on Flickr.
This time of the year, the bees are buzzing like mad on my sunflowers. For today's creative writing prompts, we will let the word "bees" be our starting point.

Write, for one minute, all the words or phrases that come to your head as you think of the word "bees".

After you free-write for one minute, make a few catchy titles (or maybe a few not so catchy titles) using at least 3 of the words from your list. The word "bee" should not be in your title, but you can add other words as needed. Just make sure you take 3 words from your list, too.
Next, pick the title you like best. 

Now take the title and write the beginning of a short story, a poem, or an essay. Enjoy!

If you would like to post just the titles you came up with, I would love to read them. And of course, you can post your writing, too.

Here are the titles I cam up with from my list:

Garden Wings Humming

Alone in the Sunflower Garden

Tell me, Honey. . .

Happy writing!


Tuesday, September 11, 2012

9/11 Memorial

9/11 Memorial by Saucy Salad
9/11 Memorial, a photo by Saucy Salad on Flickr.
This is for remembrance.

Are you old enough to remember?

If not, what do you know and how do you feel?

Pause and Reflect. . .

Monday, September 10, 2012

Writing Prompts Inspired by Mary Oliver

Happy Birthday to the amazing American poet Mary Oliver!

In honor of her birthday, I would like you to read the featured poem on Writer's Almanac today. It is called "In Blackwater Woods."  Our creative writing prompts for  today will be inspired by her poem.

(Note to Educators:  I have included study questions (at the bottom of the post) for the poem.  Please, if you use them, drop me a note and let me know how it went.  Thank you!)

Free-Write for 5 minutes: Write about something (or someone) that you had to let go of that was very difficult for you.

Poetry and Essay Writing Prompts:  After you free-write, spin those ideas into a poem or a short essay.

Fiction Writing Practice: Write a short scene with two characters by a pond. They can be human or nonhuman.

Study Questions for Mary Oliver’s Poem “ In Blackwater Woods”
1.  How does the poet draw you into the poem?  Is it effective for you?  If yes, why do you think so?
2.  How many stanzas are in this poem?  How many lines are in each stanza?
      3  How many adjectives are in the poem?  What are they?
        4.  How many “ly” adverbs are in the poem? 
      5.  What specific words does the poet use to give us a candle-like image without saying the word "candle”?
      6.  How does the poet use personification?
      7.  How does the the poet use repetition in this poem?  Do you think it is effective?  Why or why not?
      8.  Please write down a phrase or two from this poem that you liked.  Discuss why you think those lines stood out for you. 
      9.  Were there any parts of the poem that you did not like?  Discuss.
     10.  The ending direction of this poem is a straightforward message, which is to let go of mortal things in order “to live in this world.”  Do you agree or disagree?  Why or why not?  Reflect on this question in a short paragraph.

Saturday, September 1, 2012

We Didn't Start the Fire Writing Prompts

I love this song by Billy Joel.  It is a long list of people and things that show our country's history and culture over the span of quite a few years.

For today's creative writing prompts, here are choices.  But first, enjoy the video.

1.  For Poetry:

Try making a new verse for this song using a list of things from the last year.  Make it rhyme.

OR put a verse together that is simply things from your own life.

For example, if it were me, some images that are in my surroundings that I might use are:

The 7 Dwarfs on the coffee table
bubble gum machine on my desk
the dead squirrel in my son's pool
Lemon Queen Sunflowers
Turtle ice-cream

So, first just make the list.  Then shape it and play with it to make it rhyme. It's just a fun exercise, and as always, I would love to read whatever you come up with, so please comment.

2.  For everything:  Pick one of the images from the video and use the subject in a story, essay or poem.

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Crossword Puzzle Writing Prompts

                                                  LIMES By Smabs Sputzer

Here is an idea you can use for a writing prompt anytime. Find words in crossword puzzles.

Since it is the New York Times' crossword editor's birthday --- Happy Birthday, Will Shortz!  ----- , in his honor I have picked words from a New York Times crossword puzzle for your creative writing prompts.  The words are below.  Pick 5-8 of them to use in a poem, story or scene.  OR pick one that prompts a memory and write a little bit of creative nonfiction.

Here are your words:

Limes, hissy fit, overtures, cartoons, ripest, hiatus, netted,
suede, flame, taken, royal, onyx, used, seance, swooned, sanity

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Dorothy Parker Writing Prompts

Dorothy Parker Writing Prompts

Happy Birthday to Dorothy Parker! 

Dorothy Parker (August 22, 1893 – June 7, 1967) was an American poet, short story writer, critic and satirist, best known for her wisecracks and wit.  You can read some of her poems and more about her here.

Below are creative writing prompts for fiction, play writing, and poetry.  ENJOY!  Feel free to post anything you come up with.  

Fiction Writing & Play Writing Practice:  Dorothy Parker is the one who wrote: 

Men seldom make passes
At girls who wear glasses.

Below is a picture of a cute girl with glasses in a vineyard.  Write a scene where someone makes a pass at her.  Keep your setting in the vineyard.  Keep in mind she is stealing this grape.

anna and the grape 
 Anna snacks on a stolen grape from a vineyard in province b

Creative Writing Prompt for Poetry:  In honor of Dorothy Parker's birthday, please read the two short poems below, and create a little witty poem of your own.

Drink and dance and laugh and lie,
Love, the reeling midnight through,
For tomorrow we shall die!
(But, alas, we never do.
"The Flaw in Paganism" in Death and Taxes (1931)

If I didn't care for fun and such,
I'd probably amount to much.
But I shall stay the way I am,
Because I do not give a damn.
First printed in New York World, (16 August 1925)

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Orville Wright's Birthday Writing Prompt

"We were lucky enough to grow up in an environment where there was always much encouragement to children to pursue intellectual interests; to investigate whatever aroused curiosity."  -Orville Wright

Today it is Orville Wright's birthday.  He and his brother Wilbur launched the first successful flight of a "flying machine" in 1903.  His quote above is about his childhood and curiosity.

Do you remember making inventions when you were a child?  What did you learn from exploring curiosity?

For your creative writing prompt today, free-write for 10 minutes about your memories of your childhood curiosity.

After your free-write, take the subject and develop a short creative nonfiction piece, or a short story based on the theme, or a poem.  

Friday, August 3, 2012

Writing Prompts with Paper Stars

Stars by credo_vsegda
Stars, a photo by credo_vsegda on Flickr.
Hello, Creative Writers!

Though I am usually not a big fan of one word writing prompts, I am not opposed to trying something new. There is a word I have been reflecting on all week, so I am offering it up to you as a springboard for inspiration.

Write for 10 minutes (form of your choice) on what comes to you from this word:


Happy Writing! I hope you are all enjoying your summer!

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Nathaniel Hawthrone 4th of July Writing Prompts

Happy 4th of July!

Today is the birthday of Nathaniel Hawthrone.  Below are some quotes by him.  Respond to one of the quotes in any way you would like.  Try writing for at least 5 minutes.

Sunlight is painting.
Nathaniel Hawthorne

Time flies over us, but leaves it shadow behind.
Nathaniel Hawthorne

Nobody, I think, ought to read poetry, or look at pictures or statues, who cannot find a great deal more in them than the poet or artist has actually expressed. Their highest merit is suggestiveness.
Nathaniel Hawthorne

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Father's Day Writing Prompts

It's Father's Day. Read this poem by Donna Pflueger on Your Daily Poem.

After you read the poem, write a story or poem about your dad or a man who gave you wonderful memories.

Happy Father's Day!

Friday, June 15, 2012

Issa Haiku Writing Prompts

Tiger Lily by Kristymp
Tiger Lily, a photo by Kristymp on Flickr.
Happy Birthday Issa!
Last year I celebrated the birthday of  Japanese poet Kobayashi Issa by posting some of his haikus and a haiku prompt. In honor of Issa's birthday, today I will post more Issa haiku and challenge you to write haiku again for poetry prompts. Click on the other Issa link for how to write haiku. Enjoy!

amid blooming lilies
many, many prayers
to Amida Buddha

dangling from
the young buck's antler...

a green paper
mulberry leaf, offered
to the stars

For story or essay prompts today, write from the beginning of one of these phrases (from Issa's haikus): 

Dangling from. . .
Amid blooming lilies. . .

Happy Writing Everybody!

Friday, June 1, 2012

Barefoot Writing Prompts

For your barefoot creative writing prompts today, you have a couple of options.

1. Write from the pormpt, "Barefoot". (I know I don't usually do one word prompts, but some people like this.) Just go where the Muse leads, and time yourself for 5 minutes. This can emerge a story, essay, poem or play.

2. Fiction or play: Give this character a name and tell us where she is going. Then throw in a conflict while she is on her way there.

Hats off (or should I say "Shoes off") *to "colorblindPicaso" for putting on the share button so we could use this awesome picture for our writing prompts.

Friday, April 27, 2012

Word Play Writing Prompts

Monkey by eirikref
Monkey, a photo by eirikref on Flickr.
For today's creative writing prompts, I would like you to use at least 5 of the words or phrases below in a short story, essay or poem.


essence, stern, concrete, sorrow, flying ball, shadows, curve, conquer, tangled, contortion, life, worn out, bubble, hula-hoop, neck, root, pressing down,
cut flowers

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Poem in Your Pocket Writing Prompts

Heart Shutters by GenevaLife
Heart Shutters, a photo by GenevaLife on Flickr.
If I can stop one heart from breaking,
I shall not live in vain;
If I can ease one life the aching,
Or cool one pain,
Or help one fainting robin
Unto his nest again,
I shall not live in vain.

- Emily Dickinson

HAPPY POEM IN YOUR POCKET DAY!  Today I am happy to offer poem in your pocket poetry prompts and the beautiful poem above by Emily Dickinson.  But I did not forget my fiction writers.  There is a story prompt for you below. 

Enjoy your day and don't leave the house with a poem in your pocket.  Here are some more pocket poems. 

Poetry Prompts: Write a pocket-sized poem of 7 lines or less on any subject, or use the picture for inspiration.


Write a poem that is 10 lines or less that starts with the line
"If I can. . . "

Story Prompt:  Write a scene that is going on behind the shutters in the pictures.  Use only two characters, but they both do not have to be human.

Friday, April 20, 2012

Hunger Games Writing Prompts

Today's writing prompts are inspired by The Hunger Games. Whether you know anything about the book or movie, you will be able to respond to the prompt below inspired by a quote from Suzanne Collins' masterpiece.

“As long as you can find yourself, you’ll never starve.” - Suzanne Collins, The Hunger Games

Poetry and Essay prompt: Think about things that fill your emotional hunger. What, besides food, keeps you alive? Free-write a list for one minute. After a minute is up, pick one thing from your list and start an essay or a poem.

Monday, April 16, 2012

Picture Word Association Writing Prompts

For today's creative writing prompts, I want you to look at this picture and free write words, only words, for one minute.

To get you started, I will tell you the first word that came to my mind when I saw this beautiful swan was "transformation."

After you free-write your words for one minute, select one of the words from your list to start a poem, story, essay, play, song, etc. Give yourself 7 minutes to go with that and see what you get.

As always, feel free to share a bit of what you end up with in the comments section.


Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Stretching the Truth Writing Prompts

Giraffe by Martin Pettitt
Giraffe, a photo by Martin Pettitt on Flickr.
"Tell all the truth, but tell it slant." Emily Dickinson

For today's writing prompt, I want you to think of an event that happened in your life (happy or sad) and turn it into fiction. Make it interesting by stretching the truth. Make changes from the original story as you see fit.

Start by free-writing about the first incident that comes to mind, making the changes as you write along. Free-write for 15 minutes.

Then. . .

you can take the fictional situation you started to create and develop it into either a poem or a short story.

Saturday, March 17, 2012

St. Patrick's Day Writing Prompts

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Before starting today's creative writing prompts, I would like you to enjoy a little bit of Ireland through this link http://imagesofireland.tripod.com/Antrim_County.htm#Childhood .

1.  After you enjoy the journey to Ireland through the Irish eyes of  Sheelagh's "Childhood Memories in White Park Bay," write a snippet of one of your own childhood memories.   Write for 10 minutes without stopping.

When the time is up, take you idea and turn it into a short memoir or a poem.  Or, if you want to get creative with the true story, change the details and turn it into fiction.

2.  And for another option, spend two minutes writing down everything green you think of starting with things within your vision, then expanding.  After that, pick something from your list and begin to create something from that. 

3.  You may also enjoy last year's St. Patrick's Day creative writing prompts if you haven't already.  Just click http://promptsforwriters.blogspot.com/2011/03/heres-to-ireland.html


Friday, March 9, 2012

Writing Prompts With a Bench

Untitled by Joost J. Bakker IJmuiden
Untitled, a photo by Joost J. Bakker IJmuiden on Flickr.
For today's free-write prompt, look at the picture and write a scene about a person who comes to sit on this bench. You can put a second person in the scene, too, and add dialogue, or you can focus on one character and write out the details of why he or she is there and what is going through his or her mind today and why.


Respond to this quote:

Sometimes you get a glimpse of a semicolon coming, a few lines farther on, and it is like climbing a steep path through woods and seeing a wooden bench just at a bend in the road ahead, a place where you can expect to sit for a moment, catching your breath. -- Lewis Thomas


If you had time to sit on this bench alone today, what would you be thinking about?

Friday, February 24, 2012

Writing Prompts with Stones

Erik Skipping Stones by KitAy
Erik Skipping Stones, a photo by KitAy on Flickr.
For today's creative writing prompts, we will reflect on stones. Free-write for 5 minutes from the prompt "stones".

After you write, see if there is anything from your writing you would like to turn into a story, poem, essay, etc. and go from there.

Story Starter: What did the young man in the picture do before coming to skip stones? What was his day like? Who is this character?

Monday, February 20, 2012

Writing Prompts based on Dennis O'Driscoll's "Spare Us"

lilac bush in snow by tribbles1971
lilac bush in snow, a photo by tribbles1971 on Flickr.
Before we begin today's creative writing prompts, I would like to draw your attention to the featured poem on Poems (dot) com today. It is Dennis O'Driscoll's poem called "Spare Us." You can read it by clicking here.

Here is a little excerpt from it:

Spare us the bees raiding every flower in sight,
leaving no anther pocket unturned.
And the tantrum-throwing wasps,
in venomous mood, headbutting glass.

This is one of those inspiring poems I can grab onto and run with. And by that I mean, I can make my own list poem and free-write like crazy beginning with the words, "Spare Me."

However, what Dennis has done with his poem is quite clever and layered on many levels. I love that he has taken the images of spring and put them into a more unusual perspective as opposed to the stereo-typed dreamy, lovey-dovey images we often see in so many spring poems. (And yes, yours truly is certainly guilty of that, too!) I love that O'Driscoll's poem offers us a harsher perspective, but in the end, to me, it is still beautiful.

Creative Writing Prompts:

1. EVERYBODY:  Please read the poem first. Then free-write for 10 minutes from the phrase "Spare Me. . ."

2. After you have finished your free-write, pick some of the lines that you might want to expand on and go from there to either write a poem that is more focused on a particular theme (this theme could be anything, it doesn't have to be seasonal) OR begin a story based on a character who is irritated with something you mentioned on your list OR write an essay about a season and the surprising images we encounter within the seasons.  Relate them to the bigger picture of your life.

And for a teacher's bonus, I am providing a short set of study questions to O'Driscoll's poem. I always feel we can learn more about literature by studying the good stuff that is already out there.

May you all be inspired to write something today.

Happy Writing!

Study Questions for Dennis O'Driscoll's "Spare Us"poem.

1.  How many stanzas start out with the words "Spare us"?

2.  Of the stanzas that do not begin with "Spare Us," what do they begin with? 

3.  As for the stanza that starts with "Lump in the leaves. . .," where does that fall in the poem?  Do you think it is effective?  Why or why not?

4.  Which season is this poem focused on?  How many times is that season listed by name and which parts of the poem do they occur in?  Give four examples of striking lines that refer to images of the season.

5.  In your opinion, what is the most striking stanza in the poem?  Why?

6.  Please list the hyphenated expressions in the poem and circle your favorite.

7.  Now make a list of 3-5 of your own hyphenated expressions. 

8.  Extra credit:  Take one of your own hyphenated expressions from exercise 7 and write a short poem of 10 lines or less which includes that expression. 

Friday, February 17, 2012

Silent Love Writing Prompts

Love by Noël Zia Lee
Love, a photo by Noël Zia Lee on Flickr.
"This love is silent." T.S. Eliot

Today's creative writing prompts are based on the subject of love without words. 

Essay Prompt: Write an essay on the topic of love shown through actions.

Poetry Prompt: Write a poem about a scene where love is observed. Do not use the word "love" in your poem.

Story Prompt: In the picture we see a dog, and only a small part of a person. Write about this person. What kind of day has the person had? What comfort is found through the dog?

Happy Writing!

Friday, January 27, 2012

Writing Prompts: What Are You Afraid to Say?

Untitled by dno1967b
Untitled, a photo by dno1967b on Flickr.
When we speak we are afraid our words will not be heard or welcomed. But when we are silent, we are still afraid. So it is better to speak.
~Audre Lorde

Essay Prompt: What are you afraid to say? What do you think people are afraid to say or talk about these days? Write a short essay on this topic addressing one of those questions.

Fiction Writing Practice: Write a scene where one character confronts another one with something he or she has wanted to tell them for a long time, but was always afraid. How does the other character react? Write out the dialogue.

Poetry: Write a list poem addressing many things you have been afraid to say. It can be addressed to one person, or it can be a combination of things you are afraid to say to many people. It could also be a list poem of things you are afraid to ask.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Writing Prompts with Snow and Trees

For today's free-write, please start by free-writing from the image for 5 minutes without stopping


free-write for 5 minutes from this phrase:

The snow on the trees reminded her/him of. . .

After 5 minutes, look at what you have on your paper and find a spark you want to explore through a story, essay, poem, song, or ???

Happy Writing!

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Creative Writing Prompts Inspired by Valzhyna Mort

I think the poet Valzhyna Mort from Belarus  (the former Soviet Union) is pretty incredible.  I would like to "share" this video of her poem "New York" which gives an awesome perspective of the city.  I think the last two lines of the poem are incredible, and here is the text if you would like to read it.   Notice how she plays with the theme of a magician throughout the poem. 

 For today's writing prompts, we have two choices. 

Choice 1:  Review the video two or three times and write a reaction to the video.  You can do this in a casual style, writing what you like or don't like about it.  Did any line or illustration particularly strike you?  Why or why not?  You can also do this in a review-like format with a more formal voice.  Writing about other writing (and visual art in this case) is good writing practice, and you tend to become a little more aware of things when you critique other work in detail.

Choice 2:  Pick a city or small town and write a description about it going for 5 minutes without stopping.  You can then make this into a story, or you can do this via a poem with 25 lines or less.  Try mimicking Mort's style, but with your own words.  For example, Mort plays with a magician theme, so is a theme you can use to write about your place?

Let me know what you think of the video.  I really appreciate the comments you have been leaving.

Happy Writing!

If you haven't read much by this poet, I highly recommend her.

Monday, January 9, 2012

Breeze of the Future Writing Prompt

Sandstone Head by blmurch
Sandstone Head, a photo by blmurch on Flickr.
Today, I'm going to steal a phrase from a fabulous Mark Strand poem which can be read on Writer's Almanac today. Please read the poem AFTER you try the prompts.

Free-write for 5 minutes to this phrase:

Let the breeze of the future. . .

After you free-write, you can take what you have written to turn into a story, poem, song, etc.

The phrase is from Mark Strand's poem "A Short Panegyric" and can be read here.

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Writing Prompts About Hands

hand ~ mano by sunshinecity
hand ~ mano, a photo by sunshinecity on Flickr.
Many thanks to writer Karen J. Weyant for providing the prompts below.

Enjoy and Happy Writing to All!


Writing About Hands, Writing About People 
by Karen J. Weyant

Many people believe that the hands can tell the story of a single individual life. Janet Zandy, in her book, Hands: Physical Labor, Class and Cultural Work, explains this: “Hands speak.  In sign language they do the work of tongue and voice box.  In greeting, they iterate multiple meanings.  They augment orality.  They reveal identity – the long fingers of a pianist, the rough, stubby hands of the bricklayer.  The most advanced technology cannot completely eliminate the daily tasks performed by hands.”

Thus, writing about a person’s hands can be an important step towards writing about a person.
Writing about other people in clear concrete terms (without falling into abstract words such as kind, nice, angry, etc...) is a difficult task.  One way of entering this task is to start with the hands.  Using these two questions, see if you can tell the story of a single life:

1.         Think of a person you know well, and then imagine his or her hands.  What do they look like?  Consider the fingernails, the knuckles, the wrists, the palms, even the veins.  Are there scars?  You can even consider connecting palmistry, or the art of palm reading, into your work.

2.         Imagine these hands actually doing something. What stories are behind these hands?  Are there jobs?  Accidents?  Livelihoods?  How can the actions be depicted to tell a story?

In the past, my students  have told fascinating stories of grandfathers and their farms, mothers teaching piano lessons, fathers and brothers working on their pickup trucks.  Both of these questions may lead you to write a poem, a story, or even a personal essay!  Good luck!

Karen J. Weyant’s work can be seen in 5 AM, Barn Owl Review, Cave Wall, Copper Nickel, Harpur Palate, River Styx and The Tusculum Review. Her chapbook, Wearing Heels in the Rust Belt, won Main Street Rag’s 2011 chapbook contest and will be published in 2012. She lives in Warren, Pennsylvania, but crosses the New York state border to teach at Jamestown Community College in Jamestown, New York.

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Happy New Year Writing Prompts

Happy New Year, Everybody!

Since it is the new year according to the standard calendar most of us live by, this prompt will ask you to reflect on something new you want to in your life this year. No, I'm not talking about a new house, sports car or anything tangible. I'm talking about a quality within yourself that will help you in your life.

Do you want a renewal of patience?

Do you want to have more gratitude?

Do you want more time for praise?

How about health or peace?

Do you want more time for writing?

Whatever you would like to add to this new year, I don't want you to just write about it, but I also want you to break it down into some steps that will help make it happen for you. Yes, a map to the goal always helps.

And good luck!

Part 2 is just for your writing goals.

Every year I ask my close writing friends to reflect on their writing. I like them to reflect on the goals they have reached and the success they have received over the last year.

And then, they set writing goals for the new year. And only goals that they have control over. For example, getting published is not a goal---unless you are talking about self-publishing. However, submitting to an X amount of publications is most certainly a goal you have control over, so that counts. The idea is to set goals that you can control, and hopefully, if you stick to them and nurture your writing, you will celebrate some success along the way.

What will your writing goals for 2012 be? Will you write an X amount of new poems? Will you try a new form? Will you revise the last few chapters of your novel? Will you write 3 new short stories? Will you start participating in a writing group or take a class? Will you subscribe to an X amount of journals? Will you set aside time every week for writing and/or submissions? How often will you give yourself time to write?

Set your goals, but first reflect on your goals from last year if you had some and see where you went wrong and right and let that starting point guide you.

Note: It is a good thing to review your yearly goals every 3 months (or more if you'd like) so that you don't lose sight of them. And of course, I believe in weekly goals as well.

And as always, you are free to comment and tell us which writing goal is going to be most important for you this year.

I wish you all the best!!!