My Predictions for Your 2021

You’d think, after 2020, we’d all have learned not to make predictions, right? Right? Of course, right.

But I learn more slowly than most. So I thought I’d put forth a few predictions for your coming year, if you’re a writer. If you’re not a writer, most of these won’t apply to you. But if you are, I think I can confidently offer these twenty-five predictions:

  1. You will have bad writing days.
  2. You will have good writing days.
  3. You will write a terrible first draft.
  4. You will doubt your skills.
  5. You will write something beautiful.
  6. You will write something horrible.
  7. Your second draft will be an improvement.
  8. You will start over. Probably many times.
  9. You will be inspired.
  10. You will try something new.
  11. You will learn.
  12. You will lose your focus.
  13. You will recover your focus.
  14. You will feel uninspired.
  15. You will get better.
  16. You will laugh.
  17. You will cry.
  18. You will get a new idea.
  19. You will experience a breakthrough.
  20. You will write.
  21. You will rewrite.
  22. You will rewrite some more.
  23. You will feel like quitting.
  24. You will feel like dying.
  25. You will survive.

29 Responses to My Predictions for Your 2021

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    terry whalin January 13, 2021 at 5:04 am #


    What a great series of predictions for the new year–and I could identify with each of them as a writer. I believe there are amazing opportunities ahead for every writer–but it doesn’t just drop into your computer or mailbox. Each of us have to be actively looking for it (pitching and knocking on doors) to see what opens. Books and articles and any other type of writing can change lives.

    author of 10 Publishing Myths, Insights Every Author Needs to Succeed

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    Elaine Tomski January 13, 2021 at 5:28 am #

    Thanks for being my writing pastor, Bob. You teach, laugh, and cry with us. Words connect us. I am grateful.

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    Terri January 13, 2021 at 5:35 am #

    Yes, Indeed. Everyday is a new day to rely on the Lord. Paul said it best paraphrased whether I abound or I am abased. I will trust the Lord. You get the gist.

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      Daphne Woodall January 13, 2021 at 7:23 am #

      And if you keep reading Bob’s writing I promise you will find humor! And I think we all need more humor.

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    Debby Kratovil January 13, 2021 at 5:49 am #

    Always, always enjoy your posts Bob! Straight to the point with few unnecessary words (and good punctuation, too!) And I’m going to save this, print it and probably read it more than a few times!

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    Leigh DeLozier January 13, 2021 at 6:11 am #

    Your post is spot-on, as always! We’re not even two full weeks into 2021 and I’ve already seen several of these come true with my writing. As long as we keep plugging away and focus on #25, we’ll get through. Thanks for the perspective!

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    Sheri Dean Parmelee, Ph.D. January 13, 2021 at 6:45 am #

    So that’s the good news and the bad…..or, actually, the bad news and the good. Life’s like that sometimes…..Thanks for the dose of reality, as well as the encouragement.

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    Toni Wilbarger January 13, 2021 at 6:55 am #

    Thanks, Bob. The “doubting my skills” part has already come true. Looking forward to the rest of a writer’s 2021!

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    Kristen Joy Wilks January 13, 2021 at 7:01 am #

    Ha ha! I think you have this predicting the future thing down, Bob! Yes, I suspect that you are right on all of this. I am looking forward to having my next draft be an improvement!

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    Tawn O'Connor January 13, 2021 at 7:21 am #

    I have printed this out and will read it many times in the coming year!

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    Cindy January 13, 2021 at 7:41 am #

    Printing this out and marking them off as I experience them. Thanks for reminding me it’s all part of the process

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    Holly January 13, 2021 at 7:59 am #

    Thanks so much! I really needed this.

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    Andrew Budek-Schmeisser January 13, 2021 at 7:59 am #

    I hope that many months from now
    I will still be here
    to pause, give thanks, and wonder how
    I survived the year,
    but the Lord, He will not guarantee
    the things that will take place,
    and so it is now up to me
    to wish you all the grace
    that shines out from the brave-writ words,
    you launch on ink-borne tides,
    that your eyes are always turned
    to He who stout hearts guides,
    and when the story of the year is told,
    all the love your hearts can hold.

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      Judith Robl January 13, 2021 at 9:18 pm #

      Oh, Andrew! You make me laugh and weep simultaneously. Grace, peace, and prayers.

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    Cindy Fowell January 13, 2021 at 8:01 am #

    I believe you just wrapped up my experiences in 2020 as a writer. You also reassured me I am a writer for having those experiences. Thank you so much. Looking forward to 2021 and what I will learn as I write and read your blog posts.

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      Anu Ahonen January 14, 2021 at 12:35 am #

      This is fun amd so true. All of that we are going to experience. That helps.

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    Kay DiBianca January 13, 2021 at 8:17 am #

    Heck, I experienced all of these the first week of the year! Now what do I do?

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    Deb January 13, 2021 at 9:31 am #

    LOL! If you were writing inserts for fortune cookies, people would open them and be astonished at how personal and accurate theirs was. There you go! Another sideline!

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    Ellen Engbers January 13, 2021 at 10:08 am #

    Yeah, pretty much the writer’s life. Your predictions reflect the life of anyone in the creative arena!
    Part of the thrill if we stick with it.

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    Carmen Peone January 13, 2021 at 10:08 am #

    Haha, this is so true! And yes, we will survive because we persevere! Keep going.

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    Julie Johnson January 13, 2021 at 10:42 am #

    Nailed it!

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    Deena Adams January 13, 2021 at 10:49 am #

    I predict that every one of your predictions will come true.

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    Janet Ann Collins January 13, 2021 at 11:21 am #

    These can apply to every year in the future – I hope.

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    Roberta Sarver January 13, 2021 at 11:26 am #

    How did you know what I went through in 2020? I look for a repeat in 2021.

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    Brenda L. Yoder January 13, 2021 at 2:02 pm #

    Thank you Bob! I’m doing many of those things right now.

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    Marilyn Turk January 13, 2021 at 6:52 pm #

    Bob, you must have copied this from last year and reprinted it for this one.
    You are such a wise man! (Although some might end that sentence differently.)
    And onward we march!

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    Stephan January 14, 2021 at 12:53 am #

    Realistic indeed, Bob. No 25 will help me keep faith.

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    Debra Celovsky January 15, 2021 at 11:30 am #

    True. Sigh. Thank you, Bob.

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    Darla Grieco January 20, 2021 at 7:57 am #

    I’m reading this a bit late, on the 20th of January. Already your predictions have come true for me.

    And I will press on…

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