Happy new year, writers! What are your 2020 writing goals?

Learn more about TimWith the ’20s upon us, it’s time to get that novel written & published!

What are your 2020 writing goals? Let us know by adding them to our Official Writer’s Goal List of 2020.

Let’s hear what you plan to achieve! Comment here

Your 2020 New Year’s resolution: write a novel!

Learn more about TimEven though you know you can write a novel, something might be holding you back.

You may have tried before, only to see your efforts fall flat.

Guess what? This happens to the best of us.

Maybe you tried buckling down but you had trouble focusing…

…or you’re not sure how to fit your ideas together and organize them into a story…

…or you don’t feel confident enough in your writing skills.

Having doubts is perfectly normal, but they don’t have to prevent you from starting (or finishing!) that novel.

The Novel Writer Boot Camp helps you to step up, cast aside any doubt or fear, and just get it done.

Ready to do this? Boot Camp starts soon…reserve your spot now!

Dear friends, help me achieve my 2020 writing goals

Welcome to the 2020 edition of the Official Writer’s Goal List of 2020, where novelists from all over the world are declaring their writing goals for 2020!

Whether you’re a writer or not, you can help us make this list longer and stronger.

Here’s how:


If you’re a writer, comment below with your writing goals for 2020.

If you’re not a writer, reply to any comment below with “I’m holding you to it!”


This is an easy (but powerful) way to motivate…and get motivated!

Why? Because all of the 2020 goals on this list will remain etched onto this page for all of time—and for all to see.

And by letting the world know what you hope to achieve in the coming year, you’ll be much more likely to hold yourself to account.

(By the way, is your goal to write a novel in 2020? The Novel Writer Boot Camp can help you write a fantastic novel—and set a deadline for finishing it! Check it out)

The New Year is all about starting fresh. It’s about making writing your #1 priority, and taking all those things you said you’d do “someday” and putting them front and center.

It’s about letting life know that you are the one in charge here, and that no matter what you’ve tried in the past—and no matter how many times you’ve stumbled or faltered—this time it’s for real.

2020 is your year!

So again…


If you’re a writer, comment below with your writing goals for 2020.

If you’re not a writer, reply to any comment below with “I’m holding you to it!”


After you do that, be sure to share this blog post on your favorite social media site (using the “Share this” buttons below)…the more people we can involve, the more powerful this list will be!

If you’ve dreamed of writing a novel, now is the time!

Photo of a woman raising both arms in a sign of victoryIt’s your dream to write a novel.

You love to write, you’ve got some good ideas, and you’re pretty sure you can do it.

This is your chance!

The Novel Writer Boot Camp is a jump start and huge boost for your most ambitious writing goal: finishing your novel.

Just think…

It won’t be long before you’ll be putting the finishing touches on your very first novel, getting ready to show it off to family and friends.

Starts soon, and space is limited, so reserve your spot now!

2020 is the year you write that novel

Photo of two people looking at a laptop screen while one takes notesLife has a way of messing with our plans to sit down and write, doesn’t it?

When it comes to writing your novel, you’ve got grand plans and great ideas—and you feel so…ready.

But whenever you get a chunk of time to yourself, something always comes up! You have to work late. A child gets the flu and you have to go to the doctor. Or you’re invited to a dinner party you don’t want to miss.

It’s time to turn the tables.

Now, instead of “Life is in control of me,” it’s “I am in control of my life.”

A subtle shift, but powerful, because it can change everything instantly.

How? It opens up your mind to all the ways you can stay in control. “Life is in control of me” is the end of a thought process, but “I am in control of my life” is just the beginning.

Because your next thought might be, Since I’m in control of life—and not the other way around—how can I make sure I finish my novel?

See? Now the wheels in your mind are turning.

When it comes to writing your novel, try this: simply put your big dream front and center, and tell life to deal with it. Now it’s you who’s in control.

To take it a step further, and really show life who’s in charge, make writing your #1 priority.

You can do this by enrolling in the Novel Writer Boot Camp.

Alicia Dean, editor & writing coachI’ve teamed up with editor and writing coach Alicia Dean to offer this year-long program to take you from “I want to write a novel” to “Woo-hoo! I’m the author of a novel!”

You’ll get one-on-one attention from Alicia. You’ll get expert feedback to help you shape and polish your story. You’ll get reminder e-mails (with a healthy dose of cheerleading) to keep you on track throughout the Boot Camp.

You’ll be able to compete in not just one, but two of our 10K Novel-Building Challenges (in March and October), where you’ll add 10,000 words to your novel, get valuable feedback from readers and your fellow writers, and possibly win an award for your work.

Imagine how your novel could improve in leaps and bounds, between Alicia’s professional opinions and all the feedback you get from your fellow writers on ChapterBuzz this coming year as you continue to add chapters and flesh out scenes.

Alicia will guide you through all the tough areas of writing a novel:

  • character development
  • dialogue
  • plot pacing
  • story structure
  • grammar

…along with any other aspects of your novel you’d like to focus on.

Your goals are up to you, so push yourself, but make sure they feel achievable. You can go for 1,000 words a week or 100 words a day—whatever you think you can handle.

Alicia will help you lay out a writing plan that feels doable—and then hold you to it!

So if you’re ready to show life who’s in charge…

…then this is your chance to conquer the distractions once and for all, write a novel that impresses, and become a pro at getting your ideas down on paper.

From the very start of the Novel Writer Boot Camp, you’ll be crafting a novel that readers can really enjoy. With Alicia, you’re in good hands.

Hurry! Boot Camp starts soon. Learn more & reserve your spot

Dream of being a full-time novelist? That dream is within reach

Ahhh, the life of a full-time novelist.

Rise each morning whenever you like, pour a steaming mug, and curl up in your writing nook to pen the next exciting chapter in your latest novel.

You type away, knowing your readers are going to love this. Every day you’re getting e-mails from your fans asking when your next book will be coming out.

It won’t be long, you tell them. You’ve written all the major scenes, and now you’re starting to fill in details and descriptions.

You think back to the moment it all clicked—when you figured out the formula for organizing your ideas—and storytelling became second nature to you.

You’re also enjoying the freedom of working from anywhere—in front of the fireplace at a ski lodge, on the deck of your rental house overlooking the lake, or at your neighborhood coffee shop, right around the corner from home.

Best of all, it’s been a while since you’ve had a supervisor or boss breathing over your shoulder.

This future could be here sooner than you think.

The problem is that today, even though you know you can write a novel, something is holding you back.

You might have doubts about whether you can follow through and finish. Maybe you tried buckling down and getting serious but life got in the way…

…or you had trouble focusing…

…or it was hard to stay on track.

This happens to so many of us.

Maybe you think readers won’t like your work if you’re not an experienced writer.

Or it could be that you have plenty of great ideas, but aren’t sure how to fit them all together and create an exciting chapter-by-chapter experience for readers.

Whatever’s getting in your way, you’re not alone. I’ve worked with lots of writers and they all had concerns much like these.

What if I told you…

…that you could be putting the finishing touches on your very first novel in just a few months…

…learning a lot…

…and having a blast in the process?

As an author, you may have found that you’re more productive when you have deadlines to meet—even if they’re deadlines you’ve set for yourself.

I’ve noticed that, too.

But when there’s someone else holding you to account, you’re much more likely to follow through. You’re also much more likely to build writing into your daily routine, until it’s so natural you don’t even think about it anymore.

Alicia Dean, editor & writing coachThat’s why I’ve teamed up with editor and writing coach Alicia Dean to offer you the opportunity to get that novel written once and for all.

It’s called the Novel Writer Boot Camp, and it kicks off today.

The Boot Camp is your chance to work one-on-one with a professional writing coach who knows exactly what makes a good novel—and also knows how to inspire you to action, day in and day out.

Alicia will guide you through all the tough areas: character development, dialogue, plot pacing, story structure, grammar, or any other aspects of your novel you’d like to focus on.

Here’s what you’ll get from Alicia during the Novel Writer Boot Camp:

  • 2 reviews of your work each month, with written feedback reports
  • Weekly reminder e-mails and motivational messages
  • Help with setting word count goals and deadlines

Imagine how Alicia’s cheerleading and expert feedback could supercharge your writing.

Boot Camp starts soon and space is limited! Take action today!

Can these two lost souls find healing in one another’s arms?

To all of our Romance fans out there, this one’s for you!

Our Book of the Week is Name Your Price: A Sandy Shores Novella, a romance novella by Tier V Rising Star Author Shirley Holder Platt.

Here’s what it’s about:

A straight-laced woman betrayed, seeking solace. A man whose defense against a cruel world is to party like there’s no tomorrow. Can these two lost souls find healing in one another’s arms?

And a little taste…

Chapter 1

Joan wiggled her toes in the hot sand of her favorite beach wishing she could stay. She’d been coming to Sandy Shores for vacation since she was six. Her dad would load the whole family into the car and drive across country to get there as fast as he could. She remembered being lulled to sleep by Disney movies she’d watched over and over. They’d played word games, using billboards and passing cars for letters they’d “spy with their little eye.” Her dad would pitch a tent near the sand dunes, and they’d have a bonfire where they’d build s’mores and toast hot dogs. She remembered one trip where it rained and rained and rained. Her dad held a huge golf umbrella over the fire and told them it wasn’t rain, but heavy dew. He’d had a fantastic capacity for fun.

She smiled at the thought of those happy days. So much water had passed under the bridge since those simple, childhood memories were made. She kicked sand into the air and waded into the foamy water’s edge. The warm Gulf caressed her like an old friend wrapping her in a hug. She turned her face up to the blue sky and tried to find animals in the clouds like she’d done as a kid, but all she saw were clouds. She’d grown up and lost that innocent wonder. She’d come back to find it.

She had two weeks. Unlike her father who’d loved to drive, she’d taken a flight that landed as close to the little town as she could, then rented a sedan and an adorable beach house. No trips to a port-a-potty in the middle of the night for her. She had no desire ever to sleep in a tent again. She’d shed her usual business attire and packed only sundresses, sandals, shorts and tees. She planned to soak up the slow pace and let her shoulders relax for the first time in months. She’d think about the fact that she’d been betrayed by her boyfriend of two years and best friend since college when the vacation was over. Two weeks without stress was what she’d come for, and she planned to protect her time, to relax, to reinvent herself. Read the rest

Stop by and read—then let Shirley know what you think of her work-in-progress by leaving a feedback comment!