No, I’m not going to write a post about going to the gym more often or giving up white sugar. The only truly successful food resolution I’ve ever made was the one vowing to avoid “bad chocolate.” It was easy to keep. There is so much good chocolate out there that it was never very hard to pass on the “bad.”
I have a few writing-related resolutions humming around in my brain — including a fourth Candy’s Monster now in the works. My goal is to have it ready for electronic publishing by the summer of 2013. For now, I plan to keep my other writing resolutions to myself. But that doesn’t mean I won’t be writing them down.
The act of writing is in itself a way to make something REAL. I find that my handwritten resolutions are more difficult to ignore than a document on my hard drive so I’ll be scribbling a few choice notes to myself over the next few weeks.
Yes, I make my annual resolutions on my birthday. As I’m a January baby, I get a couple of extra weeks to contemplate the past year and plan the next. Although I enjoy hearing about resolutions, I sometimes find it dispiriting. All too often resolutions are daydreams, impossible goals or worse — they are designed to fail. Resolving to write a bestseller, to land a major publishing contract, to become a top-rated/popular blogger or to hit the top spot on Amazon’s mystery list are ALL set-ups for failure.
This year, I will concentrate on resolutions that challenge my limits as a writer, but are achievable. Writing is new genres, reworking my big novel, etc. etc. etc. there’s a lot to choose from.
What about you? What are your writing resolutions?