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Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Michael Chabon released his first e-books and talks about his writing – By Open Road –

What Bad Movies Teach us About Good Writing – By Jennifer Brown – Write to Done –

TNW’s Top 10 Gadgets of 2011 – By Matt Brian – TNW –

Should You Write to Sell Books? – By Joe Bunting – The Write Practice –

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Frustrating Resolutions: 5 Things That Doom Us to Failure


Come the New Year, we all reflect on our past and future, and come up with resolutions that we resolve to implement to better our lives. A few of these resolutions make the top list every year:

  • Spending more time with family and friends
  • Getting fit
  • Losing weight
  • Quitting vices – smoking, drinking, biting nails, etc.
  • Enjoying life more
  • Getting out of debt
  • Helping others

An admirable list, and we have good intentions of carrying out our resolutions when we begin the New Year, but how many of us actually implement and carry through those resolutions.



Why is it that many of us can’t keep the promises that we make to ourselves?



I’m sure the reasons vary, but there are five root problems that doom us to failure, often before we even start.

1. Not being specific enough with your intentions – How can you do something you are not clear about? When something is vague, there is no intention behind it. If you say your resolution is to lose weight, then be specific. Say, I will lose twenty pounds in four months. Clarity fosters a state of intention.

2. Setting your goals too large – Setting unreachable goals is a sure failure. Frustration sets in, discouraging you from continuing. Set a resolution that is the right gradient for you, ensuring you reach that resolution.

3. Not setting your priorities straight – You must prioritize your tasks because if your resolutions are not high enough on your to-do-list, they will inevitably be omitted and then deleted. Survival tasks are foremost, but prioritize your resolutions as high as possible, to see they get accomplished.

4. Fluctuations in our resolve – There are times when we feel we can conquer the world, yet other times, we can barely lift ourselves from the bed. At the best of times, it is hard to motivate ourselves to carry out our resolutions, so when our will power is extra low, we often resign in our tasks. Remember to ask others for help. A friend, family member, or co-worker can help motivate you on those days when your willpower is low.

5. Amount of time won’t permit it – You can do anything you set your mind to do, but realistically, how much time and energy do you have to devote to your resolution? Time is a scarce commodity for many. Obligations to family, friends, a job, and even to yourself will interfere with the quantity and quality of time spent for your resolutions. Set realistic time expectations. If you only have an extra half hour every day available then don’t plan to use two hours for a resolution. Less time will make your progress slower but you will eventually arrive at your destination.

Paying attention to these five points will help you to formulate realistic resolutions and encourage your intentions of completing them.


There is nothing wrong with reaching for the stars but plan realistic steps of how to get up there.


I wish you all a happy and healthy New Year, and may you succeed in reaching your resolutions in 2012!

Spoiler Alert . . .

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Spoiler Alert: Writing my first novel was a lesson – By Todd Hill – Mansfield News Journal –

Top 10 Blogs for Writers 2011/2012 – The Winners – write to done –

Three Reasons to Write During the Holidays – By Joe Bunting – The Write Practice –

4 Key Criteria to Build Your Dream Blog – By Matthew Setter – Problogger –

Google Will Change Web Marketing in 2012 – by Brian Whalley – Harvard Business Review –

Why Writers Can’t Edit Their Own Work – By Jeff Goins –

How to Find the Meaning of Life through Writing – By Victoria Mixon –


Is It Time to Clean Up Your Tribe? – By Annika Martins – Men With Pens –



Quote(s) of the Day

“All our words are but crumbs that fall down from the feast of the mind. “ Kahlil Gibran

“If any man wishes to write in a clear style, let him be first clear in his thoughts; and if any would write in a noble style, let him first possess a noble soul.” – Goethe



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