Turning the Page: A Writer’s Guide to a Bright 2024

Eric G Reid
3 min readJan 4, 2024

As the year begins, now is the perfect time for reflection. Not to dwell in the past, but to learn lessons you can apply in the future. The beginning of a new year presents an opportunity to set new goals, embrace new possibilities, and build upon the foundation of your past experiences. Whether you’re an aspiring author, a seasoned writer, or someone pursuing any creative endeavor, these questions will help you look back on 2023 and pave the way for your best year yet.

1. What Worked? (Cue the Victory Dance)

This question serves as a celebration of your successes and achievements. So, put on your imaginary dancing shoes and get ready for a victory dance that only you can see (or maybe even share it with your pet for added hilarity). Acknowledging what worked in 2023 is not just about patting yourself on the back; it’s a critical step to staying motivated and building on your strengths. Take time to reflect on your wins, both big and small. These could include finishing a writing project, cultivating a positive mindset, or adopting effective writing routines.

From a practical standpoint, recognizing what worked also reinforces practices you want to continue. After all, who wants to be caught saying, “Why in the world did I stop doing that?” Remember, this question applies to both internal characteristics (beliefs, attitudes, mindsets) and external actions (strategies, projects, routines). So, keep those victory dance moves in your arsenal, and prepare for an encore in 2024!

2. What Didn’t Work (and Why Might That Be)? (The Mystery of the Vanishing Success)

While celebrating your wins is essential, it’s equally crucial to evaluate what didn’t work in 2023. However, don’t stop at merely identifying failures. Dive deeper by exploring why something didn’t work. Understanding the underlying reasons can lead to valuable insights. Think of it as solving a mystery — “The Mystery of the Vanishing Success.”

Perhaps a project didn’t succeed because of insufficient planning, lack of commitment, or unrealistic expectations. It’s like trying to bake a cake without the right ingredients or a recipe — sure, it might turn out to be a flat, tasteless disaster! By pinpointing the root causes, you can determine whether it’s worth making adjustments or moving on to new opportunities. Sometimes, a minor tweak in your approach can transform a failure into a success, and it might involve adding a pinch of humor to lighten the mood.

This reflection isn’t limited to your writing endeavors; it extends to other aspects of your life. Identify habits or behaviors that hindered your progress, such as procrastination or distractions. Once you recognize these obstacles, you can make a commitment to overcome them in 2024. And remember, laughter is often the best antidote to the “Mystery of the Vanishing Success.”

3. What Can You Do Differently? (Embrace Your Inner Mad Scientist)

As you look ahead to 2024, this question invites you to embrace change and innovation. It’s not about perfection or doing everything better but about being open to experimentation. Consider this as an opportunity to brainstorm ideas and initiatives you can test in the coming year.

You don’t need to have all the answers upfront; instead, focus on generating creative solutions and strategies. Explore new writing techniques, marketing approaches, or personal development methods. The beauty of this question is that it encourages you to take risks without the fear of failure. Some of your experiments may yield incredible results, while others may not. Regardless, the process of trying and learning is invaluable. It’s like being your own mad scientist, conducting hilarious experiments in the lab of life!

In the next part of our blog series, we’ll delve into how to prioritize and implement the ideas you generate during this reflection while keeping a good sense of humor intact. But for now, take a few moments to consider your answers to these questions. Your journey toward a hilariously successful 2024 begins with self-awareness and a willingness to adapt.

Ready to turn the page and make 2024 your best year yet as a writer? Connect with me, Eric G Reid, and let’s embark on this exciting journey together. Feel free to reach out for insights, guidance, or just a friendly chat about your writing goals.

Here’s to a bright and successful 2024 filled with creativity, laughter, and great writing adventures!

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Eric G Reid

I'm Eric G. Reid, Co-Founder and Editor-in-Chief at Skinny Brown Dog Media. My mission: transform aspiring writers into authors, and help them create an impact