It’s RESOLUTION TIME! The trick is to make resolutions that are possible to keep. It’s been a long time since I made the “I will get a publishing contract” resolution or the “I will get stories into anthologies and magazines” resolution. These are typical writers’ resolutions and they are dangerous. Why? It’s obvious. You can resolve to finish manuscripts and to submit them, but you can’t resolve to get them published — that’s up to other people.
In my humble opinion, and with the disappointment of resolving to make things happen that were entirely outside my control, I aim for resolutions that are possible. Yes, I can publicly say that I’ll get the second draft of the novel completed and out to my agent in 2015. It’s doable and I know I’ll do my best to get it done.
In 2015, I’m also going to try to place more of my short stories in anthologies and magazines. I’ve tried this before with mixed results. The writing part isn’t the problem for me; it’s the chase game of submissions & rejections that gets me down. This year, I’m resolving to remember that some of my best stories were written to the specifications of anthologies that ultimately rejected the stories. If I treat the criteria as inspiration and try not to sweat the outcome, I’ve got a much better resolution.
What are your resolutions for 2015? Starting that novel? Finishing a draft? Reading Shakespeare? Taking a class? Share and inspire me to come up with more positive (AKA possible) resolutions.