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S2E9: When Resolutions Expire with special guest Nadine Kenney Johnstone

Photo of special guest Elayna Mae Darcy and episode title, Write Away S2E5 - NaNoWriMo 2020: What in the COVID?

If there were ever a year for writing resolutions, it's probably 2021. But with the ongoing hangover that was 2020, setting goals may have been harder - and keeping those resolutions? Well.

This episode of Write Away is NOT about "crushing your goals." Instead, we talk with writing coach and memoirist Nadine Kenney Johnstone about ways to make friends with your goals and your creative process so they don't punch you in the face and leave you for dead in the land of broken resolutions.

You'll hear about Writing Community News and special guest Nadine Kenney Johnstone's take on

  • Deciding which projects to pursue

  • Working with your rhythms to plan your time

  • Tricks to get yourself moving when you don't want to

  • Favorite resources for setting goals and tracking progress


Check out Nadine's recommendations for establishing your best work rhythms and pursuing goals in a way that works for you:

  • Present Over Perfect by Shauna Niequist

  • The Desire Map by Danielle LaPorte

  • The On Purpose podcast with Jay Shetty

  • Ink + Volt goal planners

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In Writing Community News, we talked about 2020 print sales stats, RevPit's upcoming #10queries opportunity, and the upcoming DVCon focusing on diversity and voices from marginalized communities.

Special guest Nadine Kenney Johnstone joined us again, this time to talk about keeping up with your resolutions, and how to know yourself well enough to set yourself up for success when you make your resolutions. She had a ton of great advice and resources, and we left very motivated.

When that motivation wears off, never fear - she gave us some of her favorite ways to get unstuck, from Noticing Walks, to writing your Self letters from the future, to taking bite-sized risks that can become big ideas.

Let us know if there’s anything you want to hear about later this season! Until then...

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