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Today I spent a lovely few hours relaxing with my family at a peaceful spot in the Morton National Park called Yadboro. There’s not much there apart from a rustic camp area, a pebble strewn river and beautiful shady gums. The perfect place to hang out and ponder.

Of course I was enjoying the company and my surroundings but I was also considering how I’m going to organise my time and exactly what I’m going to be working on for the writing challenge I’ve set up for January. Before the 1st of the month it’s a good idea to make a list of what you want to be doing each day, what you hope to accomplish each week and what your overall goals are for the end of the month.

The Huffington Post recently published an excellent article on new year resolutions which applies to writing and other goals:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/kathy-caprino/new-years-resolution_b_2360153.html

One of the things I want to do is get back into morning pages. Writing three pages by hand first thing each morning is a great way to declutter your brain and allow your stream of consciousness to conjure up new ideas. Read more about morning pages in a previous post here: http://wp.me/pVnoP-6v

I also plan to work on the nano novel I started (but didn’t finish)in November and might even do more outlining on a sequel for Blackwattle Lake.

I’ll have a concrete list established by New Year’s Eve and will be posting daily tips on how to keep yourself writing. And I’ll be writing that list down rather than just having a vague notion of it in my head. Seeing things in front of you in black and white makes them more real and means you’re more likely to commit.

Remember to share what you’re writing and pass along any tips you might have yourself. Looking forward to hearing what you will be writing this January and beyone.