Happy New Year! This is the time of the year for resolutions, and I make them even if I’m not the best about following through. I did make one this time last year that I did complete: visiting Gettysburg, PA during the 150th anniversary of the Civil War battle.
This year I’m going to approach all of my resolutions with the same determination I applied to visiting Gettysburg. I only had one year to sneak in a visit to the battlefield since the next big anniversary isn’t for another fifty years. I refused to let the year end without a trip to the battlefield, and I made it happen.
So that’s what’s going to happen to next year. I will strive to accomplish my resolutions through sheer determination and urgency. Because if I don’t do them, I’ll lose the opportunity to get them done in 2014. And I don’t want to miss that.
1. Read 52 books–Mondays have become “Review Mondays” for this blog, so my goal is to have a book read and reviewed each Monday. Resolving to have it written ahead of time may be pushing my luck, though.
2. Have novella in the publishing process–I understand that things happen when a writer tries to publish anything, so I don’t want to say it must be published. But I would like to have one that is in the process of being published. At least submitted to a publishing house. Being published would be icing on the cake.
3. Complete a publishable novel–Each year, “finish a novel” manages to always find itself on my list of resolutions. I conveniently leave out when a novel is “finished,” and in my opinion, that means it’s ready to be sent to agents. It’s going to be a lot of work since I’m still in the researching process, but I know that I can do it.
4. Attend a Writer’s Conference– I drove down to Cape Cod last August in order to attend a class as the Cape Cod Writer’s Center Conference. That conference is pretty low cost for me because I can commute from home and am just paying for classes. Anything beyond the Cape or Boston (such as ThrillerFest in NYC), would be a bit too expensive right now.
5. Participate a Writer’s Group–I’ve really missed critique groups since I left college. They gave me the opportunity to hear readers’ opinions about what works and what doesn’t. With my plans for how much writing I want to get done this year, I’m going to participate in a Writer’s Group in order to make sure my novels are where they need to be for eventual publication.
So, here’s to the new year and the promise that it brings. I can’t wait to see what 2014 holds.
What are your New Year’s Resolutions? How are you going to make them happen?