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Happy 2010! How are those New Year’s resolutions going?

Yeah, me too. I’m stuffing myself with caramel apple pie right now. I’ll go back to my newly resolved healthy eating plan tomorrow *crosses fingers*.

Mostly I think New Year’s resolutions are exercises in futility. But I make them anyway. For one week (or two if I’m lucky) I put myself on a path to betterment and try to be the person I want to be instead of the person I am. But I don’t beat myself up if I fail. Whatchagonnado when the pie is soooo good?

My writerly resolutions this year are simple. One: finish stuff. I’ve got two viable projects that I need to complete, and I feel really good about them. This year is the year to stop “feeling really good” and to get them out the door.

The second is to continue my collaboration with Working Partners. They’ve offered me a great new YA project that I should hopefully be able to spill the beans about soon.

The third is to enjoy the moment. I’m the kind of person who is always looking at the horizon. “What’s next?” is always in my head. This year I’d like to be able to slow it down and revel in accomplishment. We all do a lot. Just sitting down and being true to your artistry as a writer is a major deal, because we could all be doing something else. But honoring the act of creation deserves a place in our lives. I hope to be able to do more of that in 2010.

Those are my New Year’s resolutions. What are yours this year?

To help inspire your writerly goals, this month at WU we are focusing on voice and POV. Our contributors will be sharing their secrets, and we hope you’ll find them valuable.

Go 2010!


About Kathleen Bolton

Kathleen Bolton is co-founder of Writer Unboxed. She writes under a variety of pseudonyms, including Ani Bolton. She has written two novels as Cassidy Calloway: Confessions of a First Daughter, and Secrets of a First Daughter--both books in a YA series about the misadventures of the U.S. President's teen-aged daughter, published by HarperCollins, and Tamara Blake, for the novel Slumber.


  1. says

    Very realistic goals. (And I have to say as an aside…OMG, I miss Calvin and Hobbs)

    Working on mine but I think I’ll copy your #1. That is me. I have three projects on the “front burner” that need to be finished, all at different word counts.
    .-= Cynthia D’Alba´s last blog ..Happy New Year =-.

  2. says

    I like realistic. Much less pressurizing, much more likely to be useful.

    That said, haven’t yet come up with mine…

    Happy 2010. May all your stuff get finished and all your moments be enjoyed.
    .-= Yat-Yee´s last blog ..Grab-A-Line Monday =-.

  3. says

    My resolution is to have some fun. Writing is great and I love it–the business side, the creative side, the interaction with other authors & readers–not to mention the life flexibility. So I’m going to fret less and have more fun.
    .-= Trish Ryan´s last blog ..Happines Day 4: Magazine Fun =-.

  4. says

    Good luck with the agent hunt, Kristan. Let us know how it goes, will ya?

    Trish, I’m going to try and have more fun too. I’m a worker bee and I get too caught up in goals. But life is too short. Fun needs to be a priority too!

  5. says

    Those are great goals. I really like “finish stuff.”

    I don’t make resolutions, but I set goals. This year’s main goal is also my mantra: Finish Novel. Find Agent.Get Published.

    Of course, I have sub-goals to the Finish Novel part and that has to do with the writing process and that’s to improve, improve, improve! (not to mention that if it’s not AIC, I’ll never become a better writer and ultimately the mantra will be of no use.)
    .-= Rebeca Schiller´s last blog ..Books on Writing =-.