IMG_8037We’ve moved beyond Thanksgiving at this point in the year, but I hope gratitude has not worn out its welcome in your home office yet!

The best way to create reachable, satisfying goals for next year, is to sit for a moment in quiet gratitude for all that you have accomplished this year and all the years leading up to this year.

Can you feel that? It’s a great feeling if you can tune in to it.

If you can’t feel it, maybe you should wait on those goals for next year.

Because setting goals from a feeling of frustration or impatience is just about the worst way to approach goal-setting.

And don’t be surprised if you don’t get as much done as you like and don’t enjoy as much as you’d hoped, if you start your year off from a negative state of mind.

I am feeling so grateful today for all that I have accomplished in 2014 thus far. I am humbled by all the awesome women I have worked with over the course of the year. And I have also been fortunate to serve so many editors whom I genuinely like and respect.

And you should have seen the 30-something new parenting articles I wrote this year. They were totally cool and I really enjoyed crafting them. I enjoyed it so much that this was the year that I started showcasing some of my creative approaches in Article Writing Challenge to benefit and inspire other freelancers. And I even noticed the inspired results in my some of my students who took the challenge.

I also created 12 new monthly columns for my fourth time around as a newsletter columnist for Willamette Writers.

I created four freelance writing challenges in total throughout the year. And I continued to offer some of my 21 Moments writing challenges part of the year. I created a new course on Udemy for the first time ever. It’s called, Writer Platform Success: 24 Questions To Answer Before You Build Your Writing Platform Using The Platform Bingo Method. This course allows many more writers to work with me on their platforms at their own pace than ever before. I am so grateful for the convergence of hints that helped me notice and get started on Udemy. It’s never too late to teach this old dog some new teaching tricks!

This year, I also taught five sessions of classes and two rounds of Dream Teams, which means that many of my students were repeatedly published and several of my students were able to create, polish and launch new books. Congratulations to…

There are a few more books launching in 2015, if you can believe it. And I am proud that all of my students’ books make the world a better place.

I also started a new type of Dream Team, the Essay Writing Dream Team, which has been beyond fun and has produced excellent results, some of which have already been published.

IMG_8031 I also launched a new book this year, The Art Of Making Time For Yourself: A Collection Of Advice For Moms.

In addition, I launched a short workbook called Creative Knowing: 50 Self-reflection Questions For Women.

I discovered a handy quote-making app called Insta-quote and created dozens of quote badges, which I distributed through Instagram and other other social media outlets.

This year, I also recorded a conference call about Unlock Your Writer Platform Profits, which is available as an MP3 if you missed it.

I have some ongoing monthly writing career consult clients, whom I treasure dearly.

And last, but certainly not least, my husband Jason and I created an Etsy Store called Words, Glorious Words! We are so close to making our goal of creating 50 items in 2014. Only a few more to go over the holiday break…

I updated my annual list of movies about writing and the writing life, which now totals 292! Next stop 300, folks.

So that’s my year in a nutshell.

You can probably tell that I was never lonely or bored.

In fact, I was always happy and prosperous.

The whole story is: I had an amazing 2014 and I can’t wait to set my goals for 2015.

Join me in this process by rounding up what you accomplished in 2014 before you set your goals for 2015.

And before you commit a single idea for 2015 to paper, be sure to congratulate yourself for all that you have already done.

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But do we know you?

What do we know about you?

How will we continue to learn about you?

How have you set yourself up for success by creating a platform that works for you in the long-haul?

If you are not sure what the answers are to these questions, then I suggest you take my Udemy Class, Writer Platform Success, 24 Questions To Answer Before You Build Your Writing Platform Using The Platform Bingo Method.

When you register for this Udemy class in December, it’s half price.

Because this is the perfect time of year to be thinking about how to create or update your best platform.

So don’t delay, you can get started brainstorming your best platform in minutes!

Please use this coupon code to get the course at half-price!

And if you’d like me to review your Platform Bingo Worksheet and discuss your platform goals for 2015 with you, simply register for a phone consult with me in December.

Here’s to your writer platform success in 2015!

Seth Godin’s teachings have always been a gift to me.

I often feel, when I listen to what he has to offer, that he is speaking about me, so no wonder I love him so much.

I also always learn a few new things and hear a few things I need to be reminded about.

I hope that you will enjoy listening to this interview as much as I did.

Today is my birthday, so this is my birthday gift to you!

Let’s make the world a more thoughtful place simply by being in it, and by listening to more Seth Godin.

Happy birthday to me and thank you, Seth Godin.



Wow. It’s hard to believe that my writing challenges have been going strong now for almost two years now.

I guess one reason is because I continue to get feedback like this glowing review for my article writing challenge:

Christina Katz has outdone herself again! Taking this article writing challenge has given me a bank of article outlines to begin the New Year and a way to keep on creating more and more when I get to the end of my current list. I highly recommend it for the writer dry of ideas, needing some sort of method to keep her inventory supplied, or just starting out and learning how to create ideas for herself. ~ Carol A.

Creating tools that help writers succeed in ways that are meaningful to everyone involved is what makes my writing career tick.

I know that writers have doubts and challenges some writers face every day. My goal is to help writers get past any immediate hurdles and get to the most enjoyable job of writing.

For writers, writing does not fill only one or two needs. For those of us who love to write, creating fills many needs. And the process is just as valuable as the product.

Everything I offer reflects my holistic attitude about writing, writers, and the writing life. I hope that you will make good use of my inexpensive, helpful tools and resources for writers in 2015.

Start Date Change For All Challenges

All of my writing and freelance challenges will begin on the first Monday after the first of the month.

Therefore, the December 2014 challenges will begin on Monday, December 1st at 12:15 am because this is the first Monday of the month.

ALL challenges that I administrate (21 Moments and all of my Freelance Writing Challenges) will start on the first Monday of each month from now on. They will no longer begin on the 1st of the month, unless the first happens to fall on a Monday. (This is the case for December 2014.)

Remember, instead of every challenge starting on the first, every challenge will begin on the first Monday and then run for 21 or 20 days thereafter.

The Last Day To Register For Challenges Will Be the Sunday Prior To The Start Date By 9 pm

So, for example, you have until this Sunday at 9 pm to register for the first three rounds of 21 Moments and all four of my Freelance Writing Challenges.

All Of My Challenges Run 12 Months Out Of The Year Starting In January 2015

Now that I have the start dates and the administration for challenges under better control, I can run them all year-long rather than just certain months. This means, I will offer my challenges during December and over the summer from here on out.


A Couple Suggestions

Please note, I do not recommend taking more than one challenge at the same time.

My suggestion is to take one challenge per month to help you pace out your writing career progress.

If you have not taken a challenge in a while, register now for a creative boost that will help you become more prolific and successful in the long run!

And always remember to provide me with your e-mail address if it is different from your Paypal e-mail.

Thank you! And thank you for all of your suggestions over the past two years that I have been offering challenges.

In December 2014, you can sign up for the following challenges

Receive 21 excellent examples of great writing in your inbox daily for 21 days. Click on the badge to learn more and register:

 Receive 21 more excellent examples of great writing in your inbox daily for 21 days:

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Anyone who is looking to become a more facile and joyful parenting article writer should take my Article Writing Challenge.

Christina Katz Freelance Article Writing Challenge For Parenting Writers

Anyone who is looking to become a more thoughtful and skillful parenting essay writer should take my Essay Writing Challenge.

Christina Katz Essay Writing Challenge

Anyone who is looking to become a more thoughtful rewriter and polisher of her own words should take my Grammar & Punctuation Challenge.

Christina Katz Grammar & Punctuation Challenge

Anyone who is looking to become more brave about selling work should sign up for my Sell Your Writing Challenge.

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November 19, 2014

One thing most writers do not realize about platform development is that it is a long-term practice. In fact, it’s a career-long process. At least, it is a career-long process if you want to get the most out of it. So many writers focus their energy and intention on building that very first website and […]

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Annual Update: 292 Movies About Writers & The Writing Life

November 15, 2014

I have been working on the annual update of my list of movies about writers and the writing life. My husband Jason and I created this list during the summer of 2011 and I have updated it with a little help from my readers every year since. I know it may not look like much, […]

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“Reach down and pull someone up. Then reach up and ask someone to pull you up.”

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The way it is supposed to be…  

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