Do you do this every new year?
Wake up January 1, take stock of goals reached and goals missed, and write down a set of new goals for the upcoming year?
I don’t either.
What I do end up doing is mulling with vague dissatisfaction over what I hadn’t accomplished. Then I force myself to see the bright side. Some years there ain’t much bright side to see. But as long as I’ve pursued the art of my craft in some form, I’ll feel okay. Giving up isn’t an option, and that’s the only way I won’t accomplish my Ultimate Goal: publication.
But some years I’ve done a lot, and they cheer me immensely. Finishing a novel is nine-tenths of the battle. If I can finish one, even if it languishes in a drawer, that means I’m one step closer to the Ultimate Goal.
So now it’s 2007 (er, 2008. I stole this from last year). Another year rife with possibility. Hee, I’m rubbing my hands in anticipation of what it will bring.
I’ll share with you my Writerly Resolutions for 2008:
1. Write more (der, that’s a no-brainer).
I’m a writer who has established a good habit of regularity (yay me!), but this year I want to increase my daily page counts and that means squeezing out a little more each morning. It can be done. I’ll have to work up to it. It’s like weightlifting. Yes.
2. Read more.
Sometimes when I’m in the throes of writing, my reading quotient goes way down. I’m fearful of letting another author’s voice creep into mine. I worry that I’ll get engrossed in a great book and it’ll cut into my writing time (I have a weakness that way. When I’m gripped by a good book, I’ll read it to the exclusion of everything else). Because of that fear, I’ll usually watch more movies or grab a magazine. But good writers also read widely, and there are too many wonderful novels waiting to be discovered.
3. Enjoy life more.
Sometimes I get so caught up in the goal, I forget about the journey. Not this year. One-dimensional people write one-dimensional books. Ya gotta live life to write about it, and I’m going to do more living this year.
4. Eat right and exercise more, blah blah phfft.
It’s the same story every year. I’m also going to start drinking more green tea (Therese says it’s good for the immunities) and include a daily swallow of pomegranate juice (People Magazine says it helps ward off Alzheimer’s). Therese and People are never wrong.
There you have it, my Writerly Resolutions for 2007. I already feel the magic of pomegranate juice strengthening my brain synapses. It was sooo worth the $7.95 for a four-ounce bottle.
What are your Writerly Resolutions?