What 2016 Writing Resolutions Have You Made?

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The new year is here, and as follows, many writers have vowed to develop new skills and better habits to make 2016 their year to shine. Consider breaking down those barriers, taking a leap of faith, and resolve to write like you’ve never written before.

Write that story that’s been lingering in the back of your mind since 2011.

Whether is a biography of a loved one, a short story idea that just won’t disappear, a cookbook, poetry collection, or historical fiction, start writing it. Thinking about it, brainstorming, and piecing together plot lines are great starts, but unless you put that pen to paper, the story will live and die in your mind. Getting started is the hardest part of any venture. Remember, it doesn’t have to be perfect, it just has to get done.

Travel to a new location.

Traveling always seems to inspire our inner creativity. Whether you take a road trip to another state or visit another country, something about traveling ignites our sense of wonder and enthusiasm for the unknown. This year, schedule more time to escape on an adventure. Soak in your surroundings and write what you see. Write what you feel or how a character in your story would perceive the world around them. Theses multi-faceted points of view will surely produce quality, usable content.

Read or reread a historically significant book.

From The Alchemist to Lolita, revisit that high school literally list and pick out the ones you missed. While you may not relate to stories like The Bell Jar or War and Peace, each of these books are extraordinarily written with a message that touches upon what it means to be human, how we live our lives, or even insight as to how the world has changed since. These books may inspire you to write from an alternative perspective or simply something unique.

2016 can truly be the year your writing has a chance to shine. Practice as often as possible, continue to be open to new ideas, and take a chance with that piece you never truly sat down to write.

Vulture: 7 Books to Read this Januaray

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We’ve got a new year of reading a head of us we think this Vulture article outlining the top 7 reads for the next month is a great start! From Samantha Hunt and Ruth Warner, to Tessa Hadley, Elizabeth Strout, Vulture has your covered. For a full list, click the link below: Vulture: 7 Books You Need to Read This January.

Anticipated September 2015 Women Authors

Here at Women of Distinction Magazine, we pride ourselves on celebrating the accomplishments of women writers and authors. The process of publishing your own written material is a time consuming, harrowing process. That bittersweet release date brings a proud sense of accomplishment muddled with anxiousness towards public perception. That being said, here are some highly anticipated women authors for the month of September.

DrylandSara Jaffe – Dryland (Sept 1, 2015): Set in 1992 during a world HIV/AIDs epidemic and Balkan War, Julie Winter of Portland, Oregon wanders through life with a fairly negative disposition. Her older brother, a one-time Olympic hopeful swimmer, now lives in a self-imposed exile in Berlin. Although she has never considered swimming herself, Julie’s peer Alexis tries to recruit her for the swim team. This gives Julie the perfect opportunity to discover not only herself, but also her brother.

Sara Jaffe is a fiction writer living in Portland, Oregon. She holds a BA from Wesleyan University and an MFA from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. She is also the co-founding editor of New Herring Press.

fatesandfuriesLauren Groff – Fates and Furies: A Novel (Sept 15, 2015): Lotto and Mathilde’s marriage is the envy of all their friends. Since the age of 22, they’ve had an electric and passionate love affair. Or so it seems. Sometimes the key to a great marriage lies in the secrets and not the truth.

Lauren Groff is the author of The Monsters of Templeton and Arcadia. Her work has appeared in the New Yorker, Atlantic Monthly, Harper’s, Tin House, OneStory, McSweeney’s, and Ploughshares.

aftertheparadeLori Ostlund – After the Parade: A Novel (Sept 22, 2015): Fort-year-old Aaron Englund escaped his claustrophobic Midwestern hometown and yet, he still has trouble fitting in. He soon learns that in order to find solace in his new San Francisco home, he has to make peace with events from his past in Morton, Minnesota. Stemming from his father’s untimely death, Aaron has to confront his deep-rooted feelings of rejection that continue to haunt him.

Lori Ostlund is a Flannery O’Connor and 2009 Rona Jaffe Foundation Award winner. She is a teacher and lives in San Francisco, California.

Other titles to looks out for:
Joanna Walsh – Hotel (Object Lessons) (Sept 24, 2015):
Claire Vaye Watkins – Gold Flame Citrus: A Novel (Sept 29, 2015):