Spring Writing: Goals, Challenges and Workshops

There are a lot of changes happening around me lately.

From big changes, like graduating in May and moving to Okinawa, to yearly changes, like the transition from winter to spring. I always love the transition into spring. Spring is the season of renewal and rebirth — it’s a positive time of year that brings a lot of potential. Though it’s technically not spring yet, it’s right around the corner and now is the perfect time to start thinking of spring goals.

For some of us, that means doing some mental spring cleaning. For example, you goal could be to pull out a first draft and revise it. Or it could be to get started on that new idea you’ve had simmering in your head for awhile.

For others, spring is a chance to try something new with our writing. There are lots of spring writing challenges and workshops we can utilize to better our writing.

Challenges:

  • Script Frenzy – Brought to you by the good people of NaNoWriMo, Script Frenzy is a challenge to write a 100 page script during the month of April.
  • Story a Day – One of my favorite spring writing challenges, Story a Day is a challenge to write a short story everyday during the month of May. It’s a great way to build great writing habits such as looking for fresh ideas and writing daily.
  • A Round of Words in 80 Days – This is a great challenge that happens four times a year. It’s a challenge that recognizes that writer’s have a life they can’t ignore (no matter how much they may want to). The goal? Whatever you want, so long as it’s measurable. Want to finish a WIP? Do it. Revision? Go for it. Whatever the goal, this challenge is perfect for those juggling writing with family, work or school. The next round begins April 4th.
  • MayNoWriMo – A copy of NaNoWriMo, but in May. Good for those who write well under pressure and can’t wait until November.

Workshops:

  • Lowcountry Romance Writers – LRW offers workshops throughout the year for just $16. Their upcoming workshops include writing steampunk, grammar help, active voice vs. passive voice and writing alpha males.
  • Savvy Authors – Savvy Authors online workshops offer a variety of topics such as writing mystery, plotting, humor writing and much more. Workshops vary in price from about $7 – $30 (price also depends on membership, I think).

But maybe you a strong writer with strong writing habits and your goal is to develop a stronger online presence. Whether you are planning on going the traditional publication route or thinking of self publishing, establishing an online presence is a must. And don’t think that just because you have a site, blog, Facebook or Twitter that you’ve established your online identity.

How well are you marketing yourself, really? My area of study is public relations, and all too often, marketing falls under the PR umbrella. During the month of April, I’ll be doing a blog series on creating and maintaining an online identity. I’ll have more about this blog series next week, so be sure to check back. This is an important blog series that everyone — from the newest writer to the most seasoned — can get help from.

What are some of your spring writing goals?

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