New Year New Habit by Beth Barany

“Quality is not an act, it is a habit.” -Aristotle

I love this quote and ask myself, “What habit do I want to deepen for 2019?”

I want to protect my writing and editing time more or better. What this actually looks like I’m not sure yet. My schedule for 2019 is just taking form.

I do know I need a regular schedule, clear and manageable weekly targets, and also a clear picture or vision of the end goal. In my case, my goal is to publish my science fiction mystery series starting February 2020. (A new and later pub date!)

So my next step is to work backwards, figure out my production and marketing timelines, and get clear on how much time I then have to focus on (and work on) the next level edits.

I am distracted by the thought of crafting a query to agent and publishers for an unpubbed paranormal romantic suspense. I desire to be trad pubbed (traditionally published) too… (in addition to being an independently published or self-published author.) But in the interest of staying focused, I need to table that project until maybe 2020, or later. I have 4 books I’m editing and prepping for publication in the next year. My hands are full.

So, “What habit do you want to deepen for 2019?” Toward what goal? And what are the steps or parameters to help you in that endeavor?

Happy New Year!



Beth Barany, Creativity Coach for WritersBeth Barany is an award-winning novelist, master neuro-linguistic programming practitioner, and certified creativity coach for writers. She specializes in helping writers experience clarity, so they can write, revise, and proudly publish their novels to the delight of their readers. Her courses are packed with useful hands-on information that you can implement right away.

She’s the founder and primary master teacher for Barany School of Fiction, an online school for fiction writers and runs a 12-month group coaching program to help them get published. More resources on publishing, book marketing, and novel writing on her blog, Writer’s Fun Zone. Her latest book for writers is Plan Your Novel Like A Pro: And Have Fun Doing It!.

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