Resolutions for a new year
New Year’s Resolutions have gotten a bad rap. I mean, who really takes them seriously anymore? And who really keeps their resolutions? Some do. But most let them melt away within the first few weeks of the new year.
Maybe we don’t take them seriously because we don’t take a new year seriously. Maybe we should think of a new year as a chance to begin new, get a fresh start, renew our thinking, renew our goals. Take some time and think about what it is you want to accomplish in this upcoming year (in regards to writing)? Complete a novel-length work? Get a short story published? Secure an agent? Get a novel published? Then plan a strategy to do just that. Keep it simple and reasonable and plan so it can be attacked in short chunks.
May I suggest a starting point? Plan to read and write this new year. I know that’s really simplified, but if you want to accomplish any writing goals you have to . . . write, and you have to read. Set yourself a reasonable goal for writing so many words a week (somewhere between 3,000 and 7,000 is reasonable) and reading so many minutes a day (15 min. minimum). You’ll be surprised by how much you can accomplish and how much you’ll learn and grow as a writer by sticking to a plan like that.
My resolution is this: write (or edit) 5,000 to 7,000 words a week; read a minimum of 30 minutes a day; complete a novel-length project and proposal; get two short stories published; secure a publishing contract. I know some of that is out of my hands, but I can do everything within my power and skill to make it happen.