Writing Resolutions

Sunday 29 December 2013 by

The New Year is a time for reflection on the previous year’s successes and failures, and to look ahead and make plans for the next twelve months. New Year’s Resolutions typically involve exercise, eating better, giving up that bad habit. But what about your writing?

2013 has been an interesting year for me in my writing. I briefly enjoyed a freelance job that paid for a few home improvements, I reviewed my first ballet and completed a NaNo project. Looking back at the resolutions I made this time last year, I haven’t really completed any of them – but the things I’ve done instead have been equally useful and challenging.

Looking ahead, I know that advancing my writing means taking new steps. I need to push myself if I’m to move forwards. This means completing a project, editing it, sending it out to agents.

I’ve made this resolution before. I’ve said to myself ‘this is the year’ before. Always in the past, something else has come up – some new direction or opportunity or realisation that has put publishing on the back burner. Perhaps it will be the same this year – the reason I think we fail so frequently at keeping New Year’s Resolution, is because it’s impossible to predict how circumstances change over six months, a year – but perhaps not. I always like to keep publishing at the forefront of my mind, either way.

The way I look at it is this: the ultimate goal posts may move, or the path you take to them may change, but as long as there is some sort of ambition or goal to shoot for, even if you miss you’re going to make new discoveries and learn new things. I know my resolutions of now will be irrelevant, most likely, come March. Three months of life will undoubtedly throw me a few curveballs that will change things and send me in new directions, but if I’m aiming for something, I’ll hit something, even if it’s not what I intended.

So, my writing resolutions for this year are:

1.     Complete my new project
2.      Research editing techniques and apply them to completed project
3.     Write more short stories for my blog

What are your writing resolutions?

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