Sunday, January 1, 2012

It's A Brand New Year

A LOLcat starring my cat, Sophie.
With a new year comes a new writing journal (pictured above with Sophie) and, of course, New Year's Resolutions. Here are mine:
  1. Submit a short story for publication.
  2. Finish a novel.
  3. Write in my writing journal every day.
I don't think I'm shooting for the moon here. These are all things I can easily accomplish if I try. I think one of the keys to setting goals is making sure they are things within your power to do. For example, I said "submit a short story" instead of "get a short story published" because whether it's published is up to an editor, not me. Setting a goal for something that is out of your control is dooming yourself to failure.

My first resolution will probably be the easiest, since I have a story written that I believe is publishable. All it needs is a bit of editing and it can be sent out. Getting it accepted, well, that's another story. My goal is to get either five rejections or one acceptance, whichever comes first. I shouldn't have too much trouble with resolution number three either. Even if all I write is "I didn't write anything today," that's good enough for me.

I think I'm going to have the biggest challenge with my second resolution. As I was making my resolutions, I was horrified to realize that over the last year I began four novels but finished none of them. I'm working on the problems I have that are keeping me from finishing (they're mostly mental, I think) and with some perseverance this year I know I can see at least one of my stories through to the end.

Do you make New Year's Resolutions? If you do, did you make any this year?


  1. Note that your #2 is to finish A novel, not four, so no worries, you've got this. :)

    I so desperately want this year to be about breaking bad habits, of which I have many.

  2. Exactly, I'm not going to commit to finishing all four - one will be hard enough! Good luck with your bad habits, I have some too that need surfing the internet when I should be writing.