Writing Resolutions scare the living daylights out of me. Mostly because, you know, people actually expect you to achieve them.
It’s not like making a resolution to go to the gym four times a week for the rest of your life (maybe once a week?), or cutting out all processed foods (emergency veggie burger meals are kind of a lifesaving feature of our household, not to mention crackers, granola bars, and whatever else we can grab when we run out of fruit! And then I totally use jars of pasta sauce, and, well, this is a totally irrelevant example.) In short, no one’s going to call me on skipping zumba and grabbing some fries on the way home. But people do notice when that bit o’ writing fails to appear.
BUT, resolutions are a nice way of publicly shaming yourself into doing something. And goodness knows I need all the motivation I can get. Without further ado, my 2016 writing resolutions:
- Publish Memories of Ash (finally!) – I am almost done with my final major revision. After this, there’s only the spit and polish (copyeditor?) and then the final shine (proofreader!). I realize “only” is a deceptive word. It’s “only” in comparison to the years of work behind me, but it’s still probably a few more months.
- Share two original short stories with my newsletter subscribers – because, you know, I’d said I’d do this sort of thing, so it’s time. I’ll also strive to keep up the regular giveaways for subscribers, so if you aren’t on my newsletter (which goes out, what, every three months?), you should totally subscribe. Plus, then you’ll hear about #1’s release date first.
- Revise the first installment in Rae’s story – Rae has been talking to me a lot lately, and I realize a lot folks have been (very patiently) waiting for her story to come out. I finally feel like I am ready to have another go at it. If you have no idea what I’m talking about, check out my free short story, The Bone Knife, featuring (you guessed it!) Rae.
- Complete a first draft of Sunbolt Book 3 – and maybe even come up with a title for it. (Titles are the bane of my writerly existence.) First drafts, mind you, are usually incoherent as a toddler on sugar and choppy as the winter sea. Outlines are not my friend, but that means first drafts are not really my friend either. They’re the beginning of a really long effort to fix things.
Those are my Writing Resolutions for 2016. Please don’t egg me if I don’t meet them. (Except, you know, for publishing Memories of Ash. If that doesn’t come out in the first half of the year, I will join you in egging my computer.)
What are your resolutions for the year (writerly or not)?
Wishing you all a wonderful, fulfilling journey in the year to come!
ps. For those of you who do not love parentheses, sorry I made you read through all of that. (Maybe.)