Well, it’s that time again — the time to make New Year’s resolutions. I’ve made some specifically related to writing, which I thought I’d share. They say that makes a person more apt to stick to them. We’ll see about that. Now, every writer has goals relating to the number of manuscripts to write, sales, publishing houses, agents, etc., but I consider those to be more of a business plan. The following are things I can actually control, or try to…
In 2011, I resolve to:
1) Get my current work-in-process out the door by January 31. (It will be close, but this is the resolution I’m most serious about so there is a chance it will happen.)
2) Not to let others get inside my head to tell me what/how/when to write. (I’ve been doing much better at this. I call it the pbbffftttt resolution — as in “pbbffftttt on you.”)
3) Not to get stuck on on difficult paragraph or scene for an hour, a day, a week, or more. (Just stop the insanity.)
4) To only play one game of Spider Solitaire before starting to write for the day. Okay, two max. (I do not have to win to have a good writing session.)
5) To blog at least every other week. (You know that will be the first resolution broken, but I needed to get up to 5.)
So there they are, my goals to increase my productivity and reduce my headaches. Unfortunately, I am a creature of habit. I’ll try to keep you updated on how things go (if I can stick to Res. #5.) So what are your resolutions for the new year? Any secrets to keeping them?