What's Your 2023 Word?
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Hi writers and friends!
Happy New Year’s Day / first day of 2023!
What’s Your 2023 Word?
When I was writing an article for Yoga Journal, my editor and I were talking about how it can be helpful to have one word to focus on during your yoga practice. Basically, this word illustrates what you want to feel or manifest throughout the session (and beyond).
When I tried this out, I found it super helpful. It’s a lot easier to focus on one word during yoga — and feel peace with it — than it is to come up with full sentences.
I think this is a helpful practice for life and work, too. What do you want more of this year as a writer, and how can you make it happen? Here are some examples:
Peace — be understanding of your needs; work only with clients who treat you well; find a healthy balance between work, rest, and play
Bravery — pitch new publications; write about that hot take you have; say “no” to an assignment that doesn’t pay your rate
Connection — start a newsletter; reach out to other writers; interact with people on social media
I’d love to hear your thoughts — feel free to comment below!
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The code is NEWYEAR23. Thanks so much — I appreciate your support and hope this helps!
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GENERAL NOTES FOR THE PITCH CALLS BELOW:
If the story is about a marginalized community, you probably need to be in that community to write the piece.
Mentioning my name in your pitch won’t help, unfortunately!
Who Pays Writers can be a helpful site to get an idea of how much publications pay.
evan romano on Twitter: "if you want to work with me/men’s health in 2023, you can send pitches/ideas/weird slasher movie picks to email@example.com" / Twitter
Sigal Samuel on Twitter: "If you've ever wondered how to pitch Vox, well, here are our submission guidelines! For our Future Perfect section, the wonderful Marina is taking freelance pitches at firstname.lastname@example.org https://t.co/EuotU0JdJJ" / Twitter
Ani Phoebe Hao on Twitter: "It's almost 2023 and this is a #CallForPitches! At @MobilisationLab we are accepting pitches from journalists/organizers around the world analyzing creative campaigns that are working, campaigning under authoritarianism, offline + online grassroots organizing strategies and more" / Twitter
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