Issue #22: Starting Anew

With 2015 coming to a close, many projects have been completed. Freelancers are now looking to 2016 as a fresh start, maybe even a new beginning. I know I am. I love to start things fresh.

Though there are still a couple of projects I haven’t completed, I’m not beating myself up over them. I’m feeling motivated to complete them in the next month, maybe two. Simply put, they are taking longer than I expected but I have been progressing with them nicely. I just didn’t realize how much time it would take. Now I know, so I can better plan the next time around.

Do you have any such projects? Why not make them a priority the first quarter of the new year. By finishing them up you will receive a great jolt of motivation to start a new project – perhaps a personal one related to your career, like mine.

So, the beginning of 2016 will find me publishing four short stories and a book on freelance organization. Then I will feel the push to start a new project or two.

What will 2016 have in store for you? Great things, if you work for them. Pick a project to start your new year off on the right foot. Work on it at least a little each week, and be proud when it is complete. I know I will be.

Enjoy these articles from the blog:

20 New Year Writing Prompts
It’s that Crazy, Busy Time of Year
Now that it’s Getting Colder


Take out your planning notebook and mark a page Possible Projects for 2016. List 5 or so projects you might like to work on, such as ‘write a short story to publish on’ or ‘create a workshop for my readers’. Be as specific as possible about the topic, adding quick notes about what the finished product should have.

Keep that list handy and consider each item carefully over the next few days. On New Year’s Eve, choose a project to start and see through to completion. When you finish one, start on another.

Quick Writing Tip

Take a walk with a recorder and note what details you can about your next project. Think about where you want the project to lead you, and what it will entail. Consider all aspects of this project. When you get home, listen to the recording making note in your project book of any important information.

Sometimes, a walk by yourself to enjoy nature can help you concentrate on ideas for a project. Walking first clears your mind, allowing for creative flow.

Writing Prompts

  1. Write a poem with a New Year theme.
  2. Write an article about starting over in the new year.
  3. Create a blog post about the joys of winter.
  4. Put together an ebook about crafts families can do together this winter.
  5. Write a story about a man stranded on a back road after his car breaks down during a blizzard.


Winter is a season of recovery and preparation.
~ Paul Theroux


51P6nkg9E-L._SX311_BO1,204,203,200_Organize Your Space and Stuff is a compilation of many articles from How to Live the Freelance Life. Each article has been expanded on for this book, with updates on how things have changed, and action steps to guide you in setting up and keeping up with your office or office space.

A bonus section at the back of this eBook gives the reader creative projects t

hat will aid in furthering their career and brightening their day. These projects are not to be missed. They are fun!

Organize Your Space and Stuff provides take-aways such as ideas for organizing projects and record keeping, as well as keeping track of successes. Organizing the way you do business does not have to be difficult. The eBook offers advice from someone who has tried many things, before beginning to get it right. It also offers recommendations for having a ‘greener’ office environment, and advice for keeping what you need on-hand, so it is available when needed.

103 Pages. eBook. $9.99 on Kindle.

Copyright 2015 Shannon L. Buck: Live the Freelance Life

(Photo by Shannon L. Buck copyright 2015)

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