Writing Resolutions

Hi!! I hope everyone had a nice holiday season!

Admittedly, I never actually make traditional New Year’s Eve resolutions. But this year I have decided to try to stick to my writing goals. Here are mine for the year!

1. WRITE EVERY SINGLE DAY.

Even if it’s five words, it’s five words I didn’t have before.

2. SET DEADLINES.

If I don’t give myself a specific date to aim for to send my MS to Carrie I meander forever. I’m constantly getting distracted and chasing plot bunnies (or, more accurately, Plot Pennys–because Penny is in full on kitten-hood and gets into everything and I’m always chasing her around. But it’s okay, because look at this FACE) :

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So currently, I would love to have something I’m happy with to show Carrie by early March. THERE. I wrote out a time frame, which means I’m accountable, which means you all have to hold me to it.

3. BOOK DEAL!

Okay. This is not totally in my control, but I’d be lying if I didn’t say I wanted it! Will 2015 be my year?

4. PICK ONE PROJECT AND FOCUS ON IT.

Some writers are bad with ideas but amazing at execution. I am not one of those writers. My ideas flow faster than a Jay Z rap and I do that thing where I try to cram them all into one MS, before realizing there’s time for each idea to find its home in future works.

5.  GO EASIER ON MYSELF.

I realize this is contradictory of #1, but I do need to remember to stop and give myself a break, or even let myself take a day away from writing to read a book and clear my head. I guess what I’m saying is, I need to learn the difference between truly needing a break, and being discouraged which can lead to not giving a crap, which can lead to laziness. I always seem to come up with my best ideas after a break anyway, so it’s good for me to give it time to stew. Overall, I want to remember that I’m a good writer, and shouldn’t be so incredibly nit-picky about myself.

So that’s basically it! Hopefully it’ll be a good year, writing-wise. I told Penny for her first New Year’s Eve, she should make a resolution not to get into so much trouble, and to only sit down for a nap on my laptop AFTER I’ve saved my work. Hopefully she’ll stick to it! But it’s okay if she doesn’t, because she’s adorable and sweet. Exhibit A:

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What are your writing resolutions for 2015??