There’s no time like the beginning of the year to reassess your writing goals, try something completely new or refuel your creativity. But the new year alone is not enough to get the fires burning. The following are the top ten resources for finding motivation, galvanizing goal setting and searching for self-improvement.
Are you hoping to become more organized this year but you aren’t sure where or how to start? Check out this site for a basic weekly plan and articles on organization. Be sure to sign up for the newsletter to get more free organizing goodies. This page has a great link collection, too.
Creativity for Life
If you’re looking for articles, information and inspiration about living a creative life at home or at work, Creativity for Life is a great place to look. Articles range from tips for brainstorming to how to choose your life’s path. Inspirational quotes and back issues of a now-defunct newsletter are also available.
Self Growth has no real content. It is more of a portal to other resources on topics such as positive thinking, goal setting and motivation. The site also has links to sites about writing skills and sales skills, helpful for every writer. Links are organized by topic and alphabetically. It’s a great place to start your self-improvement journey.
Live Your Creative Vision
Kay Potterfield’s site is a treasure-trove of ideas for developing your creativity, from writing in a journal to making dolls. The site includes information on creativity, arts and healing, journal writing, memoir writing and sources for writers. This site has much to offer for all who want to become more creative and express themselves creatively.
Paradigm Online Writing Assistant
A great resource for essay writers, Paradigm offers basic reading assignments and writing activities on such topics as deciding what to write, documenting sources, organizing your thoughts and revising and editing. Though this site is more academic than most pros need, it offers good, basic thoughts on writing and editing.
Creative Marketing Solutions
Marcia Yudkin provides a lot of ideas for those of us who need a little help on the business side in the coming year. You’ll definitely want to check out her makeover section, where she takes real press releases, web copy and introductory statements, among others, and rewrites them to have more impact.
If you need a little skills tune-up for the new year, check out this simple list of things to look for when editing a manuscript, article of query letter. Though not comprehensive, I heartily recommend this list as a good starting point for cleaning up your copy and making your editors happy.
I don’t know if there’s anyone more inspiring in the writing world than Dan Poynter. His site offers all sorts of great advice on writing, publishing and marketing books, as well as running your business and becoming a consultant. His e-mail newsletter is one of the best out there for valuable tips and resources.
Web Design Wisdom
If you’re looking to improve (or start) your Web site this year, check out this site’s amazing list of articles dealing with everything from hosting to design, ecommerce to affiliate programs. If you want to know how to do something on the Web, you can learn all about it here.
Write a Business Plan
Maybe this is the year to get the business side of your business together. The best, most profitable writers have business plans that tell them what their goals are and how they are going to get there in what time frame. This site is focused on getting money for your business but covers the basics well.
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Writer and author Sarah White researches and makes available to IN readers her top choices of writing resource sites available on the internet today. Her themed site picks are an invaluable resource to all of our members. firstname.lastname@example.org See her previous works:
Doing the Write Thing: The Easy Way to Self-Edit http://www.easywaytowrite.com/selfediting.html
Book Marks http://www.prettywitty.com
Quick Breads Course! http://www.suite101.com/course.cfm/17731/overview/301244