Five 6-Minute (or More) Writing Lessons

If you’re looking for ways to up your writing game this year, then there is a solution to a lack of time to do so. Here are five 6-minute or less/more writing lessons found online. Each only takes that long to read, and you can cut to the chase faster thanks to highlighting and comments. 

All of these fantastic articles can be found on the platform Medium. Use their search engine to find even more. The reads are sometimes short reads and the occasional long-read article will appear. These are articles you can read on the subway or train or bus on your way to work or while you’re waiting for an appointment. 

If you have read the linked articles above, which one did you find most useful? Tell us in a comment. 

Writing Sensation January 2020 – Donya Fenner

Donya Fenner, Author 

Singer, Stellar-Award Winner

Founder of Creative Creature’s Women’s Convention

Donya Fenner was born in Hearne, Texas, where she discovered at the tender age of eight that she had a gift of writing. She Pact: Sisterhood is her 3rd book. Tymm Publishing LLC will release the book on January 28, 2020. Her 1st book is called A Creative Creature’s Testimony, and her 2nd is called Second Chances. Both books are available on Amazon.

She Pact has also been adapted into a film by Artefaekts Entertainment in Atlanta, Georgia.

Donya is the founder of Creative Creature’s Women’s Organization, located in Los Angeles, California. The non-profit organization’s primary goal is to improve the lives of women and children who are victims of domestic violence. They provide a haven for recovery, respite, and rehabilitation. The mission is to reach and transform the lives of women, one community at a time. She is also a singer and was a member of the group LXW, who received a Stellar Award in 2015.

Donya has resided in Los Angeles, California, since 2005.

Synopsis 

Recently divorced, Bianca Shields moves from the west coast region of California to the deep south of Georgia. She discovers the only way she can rebuild her new life is to be open to change. Problems occur when a potential suitor takes an unconventional approach to dating that challenges her beliefs and those of her new friends: a never been kissed barista and a susceptible southern bell. Subsequently, the group makes a pact. For one year, they will pursue their potential, let go of limitations, confront their fears, and prove they are worthy of much more than they have ever settled for in the past.

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2020 Vision for Authors and Writers

We’ve curated a group of great articles from around the Web to assist you with your writing goals in the New Year and next decade. 

The Hottest Book Marketing Trends for 2020

The Top 7 Publishing Trends of 2020 and Beyond

2020 Book Marketing Predictions, Trends, & Hopes

Transform The Publishing Industry Outlook In 2020

Social Media Trends for 2020: 50+ Industry Experts Define Trends You Should Know

This is a good start and these articles and the important information in each should help you forward a lucrative business in the coming year. We want you to have 2020 vision. 

The End of a Decade: A Few Quotes for Celebration and Reflection

Bye 2019 and hello 2020. A new decade approaches soon. Here are some inspirational quotes to celebrate and reflect on this really big change. 

“This is a new year. A new beginning. And things will change.”
― Taylor Swift

“And now we welcome the new year, full of things that have never been.”
― Rainer Maria Rilke

“For last year’s words belong to last year’s language
And next year’s words await another voice.
And to make an end is to make a beginning.”
― T.S. Eliot

“The chief beauty about time
is that you cannot waste it in advance.
The next year, the next day, the next hour are lying ready for you,
as perfect, as unspoiled,
as if you had never wasted or misapplied
a single moment in all your life.
You can turn over a new leaf every hour
if you choose.”
― Arnold Bennett

“You raze the old to raise the new.”
― Justina Chen Headley

“Every sunset is an opportunity to reset.”
― Richie Norton

“Perhaps that is where our choice lies — in determining how we will meet the inevitable end of things, and how we will greet each new beginning.”
― Elana K. Arnold

“Hope
Smiles from the threshold of the year to come,
Whispering ‘it will be happier’…”
― Alfred Lord Tennyson

“Tomorrow, is the first blank page of a 365 page book. Write a good one.”
― Brad Paisley

“We will open the book. Its pages are blank. We are going to put words on them ourselves. The book is called Opportunity and its first chapter is New Year’s Day.”
― Edith Lovejoy Pierce

Be inspired.

20 Things to Do Before 2020

We want you to live your best life now. If you are a writer, want to be a writer or have some other goal you’d like to complete, we offer these 20 things to do before January 1, 2020. 

  1. Meditate and pray about the life you want to have. 
  2. Meditate and pray for direction on achieving that life. 
  3. Throw away 20 things that are useless. These are things that you would not give a soul. Throw them out.
  4. Give away 20 things that are useful to someone else. Around your home are 20 things you no longer need but could bless someone else. Give them away.
  5. Write a list of 20 places you want to visit in the next decade.
  6. Write a list of 20 people that you want the best for in the next decade. It can be longer than twenty people. 
  7. Write a list of 20 new things you want to try in the next decade. This list can be shorter. 
  8. If you have a Pinterest account, create a secret board, and pin 20 images that are motivational and aspirational such as a new house or a new car. Use it like a vision board. Have fun and you are not limited to 20 pins. 
  9. Make a list of 20 books you want to read in the coming year. 
  10. Contact at least 20 people who have been kind to you over the years. Contact them how you wish, but let them know.
  11. Write a list of 20 (or more) things you are grateful for in the past year and departing decade. 
  12. Find an exercise you can do for 20 minutes regularly like walking or dancing to favorite music or water exercises. Find that exercise and commit to it for 20 days. 
  13. Give yourself 20 minutes to clean a closet or set of drawers. Just do it. 
  14. Create a fantasy list of 20 people you would love to meet in the next decade, if not sooner.
  15. Create a list of things you would do to help someone else. 
  16. Watch a video or a series of videos that instructs you on a topic you want to learn more about such as writing or drawing or baking. Vimeo and YouTube have tons of instructional videos that are free. 
  17. Write a list of 20 things you like about you and your life. 
  18. Create one space in your living quarters that is just for you and just for doing absolutely nothing, sit there and do nothing. 
  19. Take a cozy nap by any means necessary. Give yourself permission to simply nap. 
  20. Write a love letter to yourself. You deserve to know you are loved. 

Happy New Year and Happy 2020!

A 2019 Round-up of a Few of Our Favorite Posts for You

We’ve rounded up a few of our favorite posts that are focused on you and your work. Feel free to share them with friends, and tell us which posts moved or helped you the most this year. 

7 THINGS TO DO THIS FALL TO REFRESH YOUR SPIRIT

10 PODCASTS THAT INSPIRE

ESSENTIAL SELF-CARE TIPS FOR WRITERS AND CREATIVES

READ MORE, WRITE BETTER

BOOK MARKETING 101: YOU NEED TO WORK A PLAN

7 SUMMER BOOK OR PRODUCT PROMOTIONS THAT COST LITTLE TO NOTHING

“LOVE WALKED IN” IS NOW AVAILABLE!

AUTHOR AND BOOK MARKETING TIPS FOR INSTAGRAM

TIPS TO BECOMING RELATABLE ON YOUR SOCIAL NETWORKS

SITES WITH WRITING CONTEST LISTS

Thank you for following us this year. We hope to provide even better content in the new year and decade. 

Be Like Oprah and Create a Holiday Favorite Things Guide

Oprah is the ultimate influencer. If she says she likes a product or book or movie or even a person, others flock right to it. You have influence too, so share a few of your favorite things with your audience too. Here is a quick step-by-step:

  • Choose 5 – 10 items you can showcase with a link and graphic. Tell people why you love that item. Choose items within an affordable price range. 
  • Tag the company on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Let the company or person know you are sharing their product. 
  • If creating a graphic or meme, then make sure your social handles, website and logo are on the graphic of the product. 
  • Schedule it out over a day or two.

You are giving gift ideas but you are also sharing a piece of yourself with others. You might gain some new followers as a result.