Editor Michael Woodson reflects on past writing ups and downs and lists five changes he's making to his writing process this year. Our most recent episode of Writer's Digest Presents was all about measuring success as writers. My colleagues and I sat down for a conversation about how we measure our individual success, what success means to us, and how we can best achieve our goals. I'm not someone who sits down to set any intentional new year's resolutions, but I did for some time start a tradition of trying something new for a whole year. One spring, I set a goal to be a vegetarian for a year. That was eight years ago; I'm still a vegetarian. Some things stick. And while I don't necessarily have any resolutions for the year, our chat helped me understand why I may or may not be achieving my writing goals, and why sometimes it's hard for me to feel successful. And I realized that unconsciously, my goals have been existing separately in my mind than the actual steps I need to take in order to achieve them. I know what I want for my writing career. But how to get there? That's as clear as mud to me. Which got me thinking about my writing process. There are things about my creative process that I love, that I wouldn't change, and that produce elements of a story of which I'm quite proud. But in recognizing what I like about my writing […]
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